Highway 154 has been closed for more than a week as Caltrans District 5 crews cleared the roadway and assessed storm damage to the roadway. The highway was reopened between Santa Barbara and the Santa Ynez Valley on Wednesday. Credit: Caltrans District 5 photo

Caltrans reopened Highway 154 at 5 p.m. Wednesday after a long storm-related closure.

The road that connects the Santa Ynez Valley to Santa Barbara has been closed since Jan. 9 following a rain storm that caused flooding, mud and rock slides, and debris flows.

The highway was shut down as Caltrans crews cleared rockfalls and mudslides from the roadway, fixed drainage, and did slope assessments for safety, Caltrans District 5 spokeswoman Alexa Bertola told Noozhawk on Tuesday.

The highway will be fully reopened between Highway 192 in Santa Barbara and Highway 246 at the roundabout near Santa Ynez.

The Highway 154 entrance at Highway 192 in Santa Barbara was blocked by signs and cones before Caltrans reopened the roadway at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Credit: Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk photo

Check California highway closures and traffic at Caltrans’ Quickmap website here.

View Santa Barbara County’s storm-related road closures here and below.

President Joe Biden added Santa Barbara County to a federal disaster declaration that means residents and business owners can apply for individual financial relief, and public agencies can apply for reimbursement for debris removal costs. 

Residents and business owners can apply for disaster relief through FEMA online or by phone.

  • Apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Residents may call the application phone number at 1.800.621.3362 (TTY: 800.462.7585).

Get storm recovery resources here: https://www.readysbc.org/3683/January-2023-Storm-Recovery

Get storm recovery resources in Spanish (en Español) here: https://www.readysbc.org/3684/Recuperacin-de-la-tormenta-de-enero

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Grace Kitayama, Noozhawk Staff Writer

Grace Kitayama is a Noozhawk staff writer.