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Montecito cleans up after deadly mudslides

/ Source: Associated Press
This combination of photos shows a bulldozer moving debris, top, as a vehicle sits stranded in flooded water on U.S. Highway 101 after heavy rain brought flash flooding in Montecito, Calif., on Jan. 10, 2018, and cars driving on the highway after clean up from a similar view on Monday, Jan. 22, bottom. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, Daniel Dreifuss)APnull

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Authorities hope to start allowing residents to return by month's end to a Southern California community devastated by mudslides — if they can get most utilities restored by then.

Officials said Sunday that it will be a gradual process getting residents back into homes in Montecito, where at least 21 people were killed during flash floods Jan. 9. A 17-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl remain missing.

U.S. Highway 101: Jan. 10 and Jan. 22

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U.S. 101 in Santa Barbara County, swamped by the mudslides, reopened Sunday after a nearly two-week closure that caused traffic headaches across the region, state officials said.

Montecito Inn: Jan. 9 and Jan. 22

The coastal town's narrow streets are clogged with bulldozers and utility trucks as crews remove mud and boulders and rebuild drainage pipes and power lines.

Butterfly Beach: Jan. 9 and Jan. 22

A powerful storm on Jan. 9 brought down boulders and trees from hillsides made bare by last month's wildfires. Hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged.

Coast Village Road: Jan. 9 and Jan. 22

Crews worked around the clock clearing drainage areas, stabilizing embankments and repairing guardrails and signs. They also cleaned and swept the highway.

U.S. Highway 101: Jan. 13 and Jan. 22

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