California neighborhood makes restoration strides after mudslide

California neighborhood makes restoration strides after mudslide

California neighborhood makes restoration strides after mudslide

(California Department of Transportation) U.S. Highway 101 at Olive Mill Road in Montecito on January 21, 2018, after two weeks of cleanup following deadly mudslides that closed the highway for weeks. Officials had previously promised that the highway would be open again in time for the Monday morning commute.

Similarly, Santa Barbara residents are blocked from southbound travel before they reach Montecito.

The highway has been closed since a January 9 mudslide that killed at least 21 people and destroyed hundreds of homes in Montecito.

Calderon's 10-year-old son, 3-year-old cousin and the 27-year-old mother of that cousin also died in the natural disaster.


Just before 10 a.m., the body of Faviola Benitez Calderon, 28, was located on the 100 block of Santo Tomas Lane near Olive Mill Road and above Coast Village Road, according to Kelly Hoover, a Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.

Mud had pooled deeply under the Olive Mill Road overpass in Montecito, requiring a 24/7 effort to clear the roadway.

A coastal highway in California has reopened almost two weeks after it was swamped by a massive mudslide that killed 21 people.

Other nearby roadways were also impacted by the mudslides, as the 166 Freeway near Maricopa had been closed off until reopening on January 19, Caltrans officials said in a tweet. She belonged to a family that lost several members in the disaster.

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