Published Jan 19, 2018 at 3:22 PM | Updated at 8:10 AM PST on Jan 22, 2018
A stretch of Highway 101 is open again following a mudflow that covered the road along California's coast. Due to damage and the large amounts of debris and mud, the road was blocked from Milpas Street to Highway 126 in Ventura.
The focus in the days after the Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018 storm was on rescue-recovery in neighborhoods devastated by the powerful mudflow. Twenty-one people died in the storm.
Officials hoped to have the freeway back open by Monday, Jan. 15, but the water prevented crews from making much progress. By Friday Jan. 19, most of the mud and debris was cleared from the road, but crews worked through the weekend to reopen lanes.
See photos of the cleanup and progress along the vital connection between Santa Barbara and Ventura.