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CHP monitoring Highway 101 as rain falls in Montecito area

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Highway 101 remained open through Santa Barbara and Montecito on Tuesday as a band of heavier rain moved into the area.

The California Highway Patrol says it is closely monitoring the storm and the highway and will close it if necessary. Officials say that will only happen if there is a risk to public safety and it would happen immediately, without prior notice.

However, that seemed unlikely as the National Weather Service canceled a Flash Flood Watch for the area late in the morning.

Highway 101 was closed on Jan. 9 when a storm triggered mudslides in the hills of Montecito that reached the highway, completely covering it with mud, water and debris. It took nearly two weeks for crews to clear the roadway and reopen it to traffic.

The CHP urged drivers to avoid that area of the highway on Tuesday, if possible, and traffic flowed smoothly during the morning commute. 

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