Tuesday, May 22 , 2018, 2:16 pm | Mostly Cloudy 65º


Local News


Highway 166 Still Closed Due to Mud, Debris on Roadway

Highway 166 remained closed east of Santa Maria Monday morning, several hours after mud and debris flows spawned by heavy rainfall covered the roadway.

The California Highway Patrol said at 7:26 a.m. that it did not have an estimate for reopening the highway.

Two Santa Barbara County fire crews were called out shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday after an estimate 100 yards of mud and debris, three feet deep in places, covered the highway just west of the Cottonwood Canyon Bridge in the Cuyama Valley, according to Capt. Dave Zaniboni of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Two vehicles were reported stranded in the mud, but both they are their occupants were removed safely, Zaniboni said.

Another 20 vehicles were stranded by the mud, he added.

Two bulldozers — one from the U.S. Forest Service and one from CalFire — were called out to help clear the roadway. Caltrans crews also responded to the scene.

Flooding also was reported in other areas along Highway 166, the result of scattered thunderstorms reported in the area.

Check back with Noozhawk for updates to this story.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Supporter

Enter your email
Select your membership level

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >