At least 19 people are dead and five remain missing after heavy rains pounded Southern California, unleashing mudflows in areas ravaged by wildfires last month.
As the death toll in the Montecito mudslides increased today, officials announced that the 101 Freeway will remain closed indefinitely.
Meanwhile, portraits of the victims are beginning to emerge.
Santa Barbara and Ventura counties:
- Evacuations: Residents in burn zones in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties were ordered to leave.
- Road closures: The unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria: North of Hwy. 192 to the U.S. Forest Service Boundary; East of Cold Springs Road to Toro Canyon Road on the West. South of Hwy 192 to the ocean; East of Sycamore Canyon Road/Hot Springs Road/Oak Road/Olive Mill to Ortega Ridge Road on the West.
- Southbound Highway 101 is closed from Milpas Street to Padaro Lane between Camarillo to Carpinteria. Northbound Highway 101 is closed from Highway 150 to Milpas Street. Highway 192 is closed in multiple locations.
- Island Packers in Ventura and Condor Express in Santa Barbara are offering ferry services between the cities. Amtrak has restarted Surfliner and Coast Starlight service between Santa Barbara and Oxnard.
- Santa Barbara County fire officials have rescued several people trapped in debris flows on Hot Springs Road in Montecito. At least 20 people have died in the Montecito area. As of Monday afternoon, up to three people were still missing. Approximately 100 homes were destroyed and 300 were damaged in the mudslides.
Los Angeles County:
- Evacuations: Evacuation orders were in effect for 23 homes between 8300 and 8800 La Tuna Canyon Road, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Evacuation orders were lifted for Duarte, Kagel Canyon, Lopez Canyon and Little Tujunga Canyon Tuesday morning. Burbank residents along Country Club Drive were allowed to return to their homes, according to the Burbank Leader. However, 11 homes above the 1190 block have been advised to boil water before consumption or use as it may not be safe, city officials said.
- La Tuna Canyon Road from Sunland Boulevard through the 9100 block was reopened Wednesday night at 7 p.m. A closure remains in effect for the rest of La Tuna Canyon Road to the 210 Freeway.
- Topanga Canyon Boulevard is now open near the Pacific Coast Highway
- Angeles Crest Highway is closed near Wrightwood, from Vincent Gulch Road to Islip Saddle.
- One person died in a multi-vehicle crash that forced a shutdown early Tuesday of the northbound 5 Freeway near Griffith Park.