UPDATE (Friday, 4:31 p.m.) - Highway 101 in Montecito remains fully closed to any through traffic, but Caltrans has opened a small part of the southbound lanes of the highway south of Summerland at Padaro Lane to assist with traffic management and emergency vehicles.
Northbound lanes remain closed at Highway 150 near Carpinteria, still allowing for access to Carpinteria on Via Real and Carpinteria Avenue.
Caltrans says Highway 101 through Santa Barbara will not reopen on Monday, Jan. 15 as previously expected, and it does not know when it will be open again.
The highway was covered in several feet of mud and debris after mudslides swept through Montecito early Tuesday morning. A 12-mile section of the roadway is shut down between Milpas Street and Highway 150.
Drivers needing to get to Southern California can take either Highway 46 or Highway 166 east to Interstate 5, although Caltrans has said the 166 has become extremely congested over the past couple of days and they are encouraging people to take 46 instead.
Drivers heading north from Southern California can take Highway 126 east to Interstate 5.
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Body remains of one of the three missing people in the Montecito mudslides was found Saturday night, according to the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office says the remains of 28-year-old Faviola Benitez Calderon of Montecito was found 100 block of Santo Tomas Lane near Olive Mill Road and above Coast Village Road.. Deputies say the body was found by the Human Remains Detection dog team. Her family has been notified. The sheriff's office ma...
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