Wednesday, 15 August, 2018


Freeway, buried under tons of mud and debris, remains closed

Work continued Friday on the cleanup of Highway 101 through Montecito which has been shut down since Tuesday’s flash flooding. Caltrans announced it was rescinding its Monday target date for reopening the freeway Freeway, buried under tons of mud and debris, remains closed
Noah Ferguson | 14 January, 2018, 12:58

Caltrans officials on Friday sent out a notice saying "the estimated opening date of Monday, Jan. 15, is being rescinded and the estimated opening is unknown".

Search-and-rescue operations are the priority for crews working in the closed area from Milpas Street to Highway 150, and that affects progress toward reopening the highway, a Caltrans spokeswoman said.

- Both directions of U.S. 101 remain closed from the junction of State Route 126 in Ventura County to Milpas Street in Santa Barbara County due to mudslides, so motorists are advised to use the I-5 as an alternate route.

The cleanup and fix are being hampered by the need to search for possible additional victims from the flooding that thus far has claimed at least 17 lives.

Drivers needing to get to Southern California can take either Highway 46 or Highway 166 east to Interstate 5, although Caltrans has said the 166 has become extremely congested over the past couple of days and they are encouraging people to take 46 instead.

A motorists on Highway 101 watches flames from the Thomas fire leap above the roadway north of Ventura, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

The fire erupted December 4 in Ventura County, destroying hundreds of homes before it spread into Santa Barbara County and threatened more communities, including Montecito.

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