Highway 101 to reopen before Monday morning commute

Highway 101 to reopen before Monday morning commute

Highway 101 to reopen before Monday morning commute

Authorities located the body of a 28-year-old Montecito woman who had been missing for almost two weeks on Saturday morning, according to a release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

U.S. Highway 101 has been cleaned of mud in Santa Barbara County, and workers are now clearing drainage areas and stabilizing embankments so it can reopen, Tim Gubbins of the California Department of Transportation said.

The agency said on Saturday the highway would be open to drivers on Monday, but it appears officials were able to get it safely cleared even sooner.

The bodies of Benitez Calderon's 10-year old son, Jonathan Benitez; Jonathan's 3-year-old cousin, Kaily Benitez; and Kaily's mother, 27-year-old Marilyn Ramos, had already been found.

Highway 101 to reopen before Monday morning commute

On Saturday the teams found the body of missing 28-year-old Faviola Benitez Calderon, of Montecito.

During the USA 101 shut down, Amtrak added additional cars to its route between Santa Barbara and points east as travelers increasingly relied on rail service to get around the closure. A 17-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl remain missing.

The devastation occurred in the early morning hours when torrents laden with boulders and debris swept down through neighborhoods, destroyed or damaged 430 homes and killed 20 people. The closure included a quarter-mile section at the Olive Mill Road interchange in Montecito, which was covered in 6 to 8 feet of mud and water after the mudslides.

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