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Highway 101 reopens in Montecito

Crews expect to reopen US Highway 101 after mud and debris fill a section on January 10, 2018 after a massive mudflow in Montecito, California flooded the highway, causing a 30 mile long stretch to be closed.
Crews expect to reopen US Highway 101 after mud and debris fill a section on January 10, 2018 after a massive mudflow in Montecito, California flooded the highway, causing a 30 mile long stretch to be closed.
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US Highway 101 reopened Sunday afternoon, reconnecting Santa Barbara and Ventura, after mudslides forced its closure for nearly two weeks.

Highway 101 has been cleared of mud through Montecito, where storms left portions of the highway under 6 to 8 feet of water and debris. While all lanes and on-ramps have reopened, various off-ramps will remain temporarily closed.

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Workers have cleared drainage areas, stabilizing embankments with mesh and hydroseed and working on guardrail and sign repairs on the highway. They also cleaned and swept the highway.

Take a look at these before and after pictures: 

Mudslides in Montecito covered Highway 101 with 6 to 8 feet of water and debris.
Mudslides in Montecito covered Highway 101 with 6 to 8 feet of water and debris.
California Department of Transportation
Crews cleared portions of Highway 101 covered with 6 to 8 feet of water and debris after a Jan. 9 rainstorm and mudslides in Montecito.
Crews cleared portions of Highway 101 covered with 6 to 8 feet of water and debris after a Jan. 9 rainstorm and mudslides in Montecito.
California Department of Transportation

The highway has been closed since a Jan. 9 mudslide that killed at least 21 people and destroyed hundreds of homes in Montecito. A quarter mile of U.S. 101 was under 6 to 8 feet of water and debris.

"This has been an incredible effort and tremendous response," Shiver said. "Our maintenance crews [were] working 12-hour shifts, 24-hours a day."