A way around the closure

The mudslide that ravaged Montecito early Tuesday flowed onto Highway 101, causing the main thoroughfare between Santa Barbara and Ventura to shut down for more than 30 miles. And though Caltrans reopened the portion from State Route 126 in Ventura to State Route 150 at the Ventura-Santa Barbara county line Wednesday, the freeway remains closed in both directions between the 150 and Milpas Street, just north of the slide, through at least Monday afternoon. … Among the dozens of people lining up at Sea Landing for a 9 a.m. departure were Westmont College students Amber Nozzi and Susie Schmaeling, who decided to take an Island Packers vessel home to Ventura after their classes were canceled because of the mudslide. more

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