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UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry T. Yang issued a letter to the campus community addressing storm impacts. The full text is as follows:January 10, 2018
Dear Members of our Campus Community,
Our UC Santa Barbara family is united in sorrow by the events in our nearby community of Montecito this week, and the devastating losses inflicted by this tragedy. Our hearts go out to all of those whose lives have been forever changed by the Thomas Fire and, now, the flooding and mudslides in the fire-affected areas.
We are tremendously grateful for the heroic efforts of the firefighters, first responders, and so many others who are working to save lives and help our community. I would also like to thank our UCPD for immediately sending officers to help in Montecito.
Our campus is still returning to normal operations, with finals taking place the rest of this week and the winter quarter beginning on Tuesday, January 16. We recognize that some in our community have been affected by the mudslides, and many more are facing difficulties in traveling to campus due to the closure of the 101 freeway and other roadways. We are committed to accommodating and extending support to our students, staff, and faculty.
Students who are unable to get to campus for finals are encouraged to contact their professors directly. I thank our students, faculty, staff, TAs, and all of our community in advance for your flexibility, understanding, and resilience.
We are hopeful that the 101 will be reopened by Monday; however, we encourage students who are in the process of returning to campus for the winter quarter to check for the latest information on road conditions and plan accordingly. Government officials are currently recommending using Interstate 5 for those trying to reach the area, but it requires more travel time. Updates are being posted regularly at https://cad.chp.ca.gov/, www.countyofsb. …