A stretch of Highway 101 is expected to remain closed until at least Monday, Jan. 22 following a mudflow that covered the road along California's coast. Due to damage and the large amounts of debris and mud, the road is blocked from Milpas Street to Highway 126 in Ventura.
The focus in the days after the storm has been on rescue-recovery efforts in neighborhoods devastated by the powerful mudflow. As of Friday, the death toll was at 18. Four people were still missing in the aftermath of the Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018 storm. Officials hoped to have the freeway back open by Monday, Jan. 15, but the water had prevented crews from making much progress. Jim Shivers, a spokesman for the California Department of Transportation, said Monday that much of the water had receded and crews could get to work removing solid material on the roadway.
See how the cleanup is coming along on the vital connection between Santa Barbara and Ventura.