USC and UCSB have rescheduled their mudslide-cancelled match for March 1st at the Galen Center in Los Angeles at 7PM Pacific Time. The match was originally scheduled for this weekend, but ongoing mudslides that have closed the 101 freeway in Santa Barbara County made travel at best impossible and at worst unsafe.
The mudslides have caused 17 deaths and destroyed homes in the latest natural disaster to hit California, with 5 still listed as ‘missing’ on Friday morning. Experts believe that the recent wildfires have destroyed much of the undergrowth that was previously holding hill-sides in place, and heavy rains over the last week set off the catastrophic slides. Besides the loss of life, many homes in the area around UCSB have also been destroyed.
The campus itself has mostly been spared, but transportation to-and-from campus has been disrupted because of the closure of the 101. The school is currently conducting final exams at the conclusion of the winter quarter.
UCSB was also scheduled to play UCLA this weekend. No reschedule for that match has been announced yet.