Montecito cleans up after deadly mudslides

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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

Photos: Rivers of mud sweep through wildfire burn areas in California