Coast Guard oversees shoreside pollution cleanup following mudslides in Santa Barbara County

Chief Warrant Officer Paul Ricketson and Petty Officer 2nd class Steve Knight, members of Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara, take note of the debris that has been carried down to the beach by the mudslides in Santa Barbara, California, Jan. 11, 2018. Members of Coast Guard MSD Santa Barbara mobilized to spearhead the removal of hazardous materials along the shoreline. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class DaVonte' Marrow)

Chief Warrant Officer Paul Ricketson and Petty Officer 2nd class Steve Knight, members of Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara, take note of the debris that has been carried down to the beach by the mudslides in Santa Barbara, California, Jan. 11, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class DaVonte’ Marrow)

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The Coast Guard is responding to pollution threats Thursday in addition to augmenting helicopter search and rescue operations following the mudslides in Santa Barbara, Carpenteria, and Montecito.

Crews from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara mobilized Thursday, focusing on the removal of hazardous materials and substances along the shoreline and beaches and preventing pollution from entering the waterways.

The Coast Guard also contracted Patriot Environmental Services to assist with the removal of various orphan hazardous material containers that were displaced due to the storm.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment and Patriot Environmental personnel covered eight miles of shoreline from Santa Barbara to Summerland removing hazardous substances. Members of both organizations were able to access areas that were affected by the mudslides using trucks and all-terrain vehicles.

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