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Debris removal continues in storm-stricken Montecito

In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, demolition workers break down boulders Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, that are scattered throughout Montecito following the deadly mudslides containing rocks and debris that struck the area following heavy rains on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, demolition workers break down boulders Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, that are scattered throughout Montecito following the deadly mudslides containing rocks and debris that struck the area following heavy rains on Tuesday, Jan. 9.
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Despite weeks of cleanup, a large amount of material remains to be removed from areas in and around Montecito that were hit by devastating debris flows early last month.

This combination of photos shows debris and mud piled up at Butterfly Beach, top, after heavy rain brought flash flooding in Montecito on Jan. 9, 2018, and the beach after cleanup taken from a similar view on Monday, Jan. 22, bottom.
This combination of photos shows debris and mud piled up at Butterfly Beach, top, after heavy rain brought flash flooding in Montecito on Jan. 9, 2018, and the beach after cleanup taken from a similar view on Monday, Jan. 22, bottom.
Daniel Dreifuss/AP

Santa Barbara County authorities say five of 11 debris catch-basins have been cleared, amounting to about 36 percent of the needed work.

Additionally, work continues to clear channels that carry water down to the ocean. The county says many remain filled with debris and would not be able to carry storm runoff.

The county says it is developing a plan for removal of mud and debris from private properties, and for now the material can be set aside as long as it is away from creek beds and other water channels.

For now, there's no rain in sight.

This Jan. 22 file photo shows a view of a cleaned up downtown Montecito, where heavy rain brought flash flooding and mudslides that covered the highway.
This Jan. 22 file photo shows a view of a cleaned up downtown Montecito, where heavy rain brought flash flooding and mudslides that covered the highway.
Daniel Dreifuss/AP