Travelers heading from L.A. will face major detours to the Santa Barbara area. Rain-spurred mudslides Tuesday have fully closed a 30-mile stretch of the 101 Freeway and suspended service on popular Amtrak rail routes between Oxnard and Santa Barbara.
The 101 Freeway is closed in both directions from Highway 126 in Ventura and north to the Milpas Street exit in Santa Barbara until further notice, according to .
Crews are working to clear debris slides that have left the freeway at times looking like a river. Slides in the Montecito area came from hillsides that had been stripped of vegetation by the Thomas fire.
Parts of California highways 33, 150 and 192 in the Ojai and Santa Barbara areas also are closed.
Travelers hoping to drive north to Santa Barbara have no choice but to drive around the affected road closures. Caltrans recommends taking Interstate 5 over the Grapevine. You can then cut west on alternate routes such as Highway 166 to Santa Maria and travel south to Santa Barbara.
However, as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, all northbound lanes of Interstate 5 at the intersection with Highway 118 were closed. A jack-knifed big-rig had fallen from an interchange onto the 5.
In addition, ‘s popular Pacific Surfliner and Coast Starlight rail service as well as Thruway Bus connections between Santa Barbara and Oxnard are temporarily suspended too.
Union Pacific railroad has suspended all service on tracks in the affected area. However, trains north of Santa Barbara and south of Oxnard are operating normally, according to an Amtrak statement.
The storm turned deadly Tuesday when by mudslides in Santa Barbara County.