Drivers in Los Angeles County can expect heavier traffic on the Ventura (101) Freeway Monday as traffic is again flowing through Santa Barbara County.

The key route between central and Southern California was reopened at about noon Sunday, 13 days after it was swamped by devastating flash floods. U.S. 101 had been closed since Jan. 9 in Santa Barbara County, as crews worked 24 hours per day to remove millions of square feet of fetid water and debris washed into a depressed area of the freeway at Montecito, 90 miles west of the Los Angeles Civic Center.

Travelers have been forced to use buses, boats or trains to get through the closure area since the Jan. 9 mudslide. At least 21 people have been killed in the mud and rock flow.

Traffic had been noticeably lighter on the 101 in the San Fernando Valley in the last 12 days.

—City News Service

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