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Most of Montecito's hiking trails reclaimed from the mud

Montecito Creek just north of East Valley Road (aka Route 192) overflowed its banks. The mud rose so high it left a mark five feet high on the white house on the creek's edge. The debris tore through that home's garage and some front rooms. Downstream, the same debris flow ruined several more nearby homes.
Montecito Creek just north of East Valley Road (aka Route 192) overflowed its banks. The mud rose so high it left a mark five feet high on the white house on the creek's edge. The debris tore through that home's garage and some front rooms. Downstream, the same debris flow ruined several more nearby homes.
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The mudslide that destroyed homes and lives in Montecito last January buried the area’s popular hiking trails under debris and boulders. But nearly a year later, most trails are re-opened, thanks to volunteers, donations, and some carefully placed explosives.