California's 101 Freeway Reopens After Mudslides
Important first step towards recovery but much work remains
Monday, January 22, 2018 7:30:00 AM -06:00
California's 101 freeway between Carpenteria and Santa Barbara opened Sunday after being closed for nearly two weeks as a result of devasting mudslides. Caltrans officials reported via Twitter that off-ramps in the area remain closed and that commutes will take longer while major road work continues.
Opening the 101 freeway is an important first step. However, much work remains to return the area to full vitality. ContactRelief's Disaster Decision Team has been following the recovery efforts. Additional information is available in subscriber's ContactRelief alert including a useful set of links to damage and recovery information as shown below:
Santa Barabara initial damage assessment of homes and other structures damaged or destroyed in the disaster is shown below. Officials have maintained a mandatory evacuation notice in the hardest hit area, and this is reflected in ContactRelief's current alert. Natural gas supplies to the area were cut off following the disaster. While some customers have been restored, SoCalGas energy reported on the company's website that customer's in certain areas would not be restored until week's end if not longer.
ContactRelief has extended its recommendation to suspend contact with the affected area through 1/25/2017. We will continue to monitor the recovery and make updates to our recommendation as warranted.
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