What a Herculean effort: #Hwy101 at Olive Mill Road in #Montecito was under 12 feet of mud, debris & water 12 days ago.

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 21, 2018

Caltrans moved mountains of mud, water and debris off the 101 Freeway near Montecito after a devastating mudslide killed 21 people and buried homes, vehicles and everything else in its path.

RELATED STORY: 101 freeway opens for first time since Jan. 9 Montecito mudslides

The department that manages the state’s highway system completed the cleanup of what it called 12 feet of mud in only 12 days, and now the 101 Freeway is open between Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Great news: #Hwy101 is now OPEN thru #Montecito @SBCounty! Thanks to our crews & contractors who made it happen. Off-ramps in area remain closed so watch for truck traffic & use extra caution. Safe travels, everyone.

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 21, 2018

Let’s not forget: the #MontecitoMudslide is an ongoing human tragedy with tremendous suffering in @countyofsb community. So always keep the victims, families & displaced in your thoughts, hearts & actions. #805strong

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 21, 2018

It’s official: #Hwy101 @countyofsb will open BY Monday morning, Jan 22 commute. Our hard-working crews continue working this weekend to ensure highway is safe for travelers. Check our Twitter feed for real-time notice when it actually opens. Thanks for your patience/cooperation.

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 20, 2018

#Hwy101 #MontecitoMudslide Update: clean-up mostly done so our crews are now focused on clearing large drains/vegetation, sweeping, striping & other key repairs to ensure highway is safe before it opens, expected in just a few days. We’re almost there! @countyofsb @CaltransHQ

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 19, 2018

#Hwy101 #MontecitoFlooding Update: debris from massive clean-up is being safely stored at multiple highway property sites plus a contractor yard in Buellton. Disposal at #Hwy154/Cathedral Oaks Rd is temporary with relocation of this material starting today.

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 18, 2018

A friendly reminder that massive cleanup/repair along #Hwy101 in #Montecito is an operation of un-precedented magnitude. Our hard-working #CalTrans crews are ON it, making great progress every day! As always, thanks for your patience & cooperation.

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 18, 2018

The 101 wasn’t the only highway closed by mud and debris dislodged by the storms.

SigAlert: #Hwy33 north of #Ojai will remain CLOSED for 3 more weeks to thru traffic so this route is NOT an option for detouring around the shut down #Hwy101 in #Montecito. @CaltransDist7

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 17, 2018

#MontecitoFlood Update: reminder that #Hwy101 will remain closed for at least six more days. Caltrans is also working hard along #Hwy192 at Toro Creek near Carpinteria. Check out these huge boulders our crews are blasting so we can safely remove them.

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 16, 2018

The mud was thick, high and wet.

#MontecitoFlood Update: our hard-working crews/contractors remain on site 24/7 to get #Hwy101 open thru Santa Barbara. It will still be at least six more days of clean-up & repairs with no specific opening estimate yet. #Hwy5 to #Hwy46 is the best detour option for travelers.

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 16, 2018

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#MontecitoFlood Update: due to ongoing clean-up/repairs/weekend rain forecast, #Hwy101 will NOT reopen for at least another week. Detour remains #Hwy5 to #Hwy46 or #Hwy166. @PacSurfliners train is other option.

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 15, 2018

#MontecitoFlood Update: our crews are getting the water off #Hwy101, which is key to clearing mud/debris. We hope to have a new estimate tomorrow afternoon about when it will open. Thanks for your patience & support. #805Strong

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 15, 2018

Clean-up operations continue 24/7 until #Hwy101 is clear and safe. It WILL reopen, we just don’t know when yet.

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 14, 2018

#MontecitoFlood Update: #Hwy101 thru Santa Barbara area will NOT reopen on Monday, Jan 15 and there is no estimate due to ongoing rescue/recovery & extensive clean-up/repairs. Continue using #Hwy5 to #Hwy46 or #Hwy166 back to #Hwy101 to/from central coast & So Cal, safe travels.

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 12, 2018

#Hwy101 #MontecitoFlood update. Our crews are hard at work clearing massive amount of mud/debris/water but the route also remains a rescue & recovery zone with firefighters on site. #805strong

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 11, 2018

We understand the confusion, frustration & inconvenience about #Hwy101 #MontecitoFlood. Our crews & contractors have a herculean task but they are ON it! So the best way to find road conditions & plan your trip is getting our #quickmap app, safe travels.

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 11, 2018

Thank you to our friends at Ventura County Air Unit (@VCAirUnit) for this photo showing the magnitude of the situation on #Highway101 in #Montecito.

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 10, 2018

We are confirming that #Hwy101 is now OPEN to #Hwy150 from Ventura, update soon. @CaltransDist7

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 10, 2018

You wouldn’t know a freeway is under all that mud and debris.

#MontecitoFlood Update: due to large amounts of mud/water/debris/damage and ongoing rescue/recovery, #Hwy101 from Milpas St to #Hwy126 in Ventura will remain CLOSED until midday on Monday, Jan. 15. Clean-up and repairs underway, detour along #Hwy5. @CaltransDist7 @CaltransDist6

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 10, 2018

Storm Update: due to large amount of debris/mud/water, #Hwy101 thru #Montecito is expected to remain CLOSED until Thurs night, Jan. 11. Use #Hwy5 as detour to/from So Cal, avoid non-essential travel and get our QuickMap app for latest road conditions @CaltransDist7 @CaltransDist6

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 10, 2018

#Hwy101 will remain fully CLOSED from #Hwy126 in Ventura to Milpas St in #SantaBarbara until further notice. Crews/contractors are on site and working to reopen the highway ASAP.

— Caltrans District 5 (@CaltransD5) January 9, 2018

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