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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:40 PM
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When will 101 north through Santa Barbara re-open? No one knows
http://www.venturacountystar.com/vcs/news/article/0,137... (registration required or use bugmenot)

Highway 101 between Santa Barbara and Ventura will remain closed indefinitely, said Marta Bortner, Caltrans spokeswoman based in San Luis Obispo.

She said there is no way to know when the 101 will re-open. The road is still covered with liquid mud from two separate slides Monday morning north of La Conchita. The slides trapped cars and trucks in up to four feet of muck.

Crews are trying to clear the road, but the mud is hard to remove, Bortner said. It can't be shoveled, and has to be pushed back toward the landslide.


*sigh* Can't go to work until they open the 101.
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realFedUp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:44 PM
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1. and hoping the grapevine doesn't close again due to snow
Hard to believe a big state depends on two main
highways north and south...
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:51 PM
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2. But when the Grapevine closes they usually re-open it pretty quickly
The snowplows just push the snow off the road. They're saying that can't do that with the mud. It can't be shoveled, and has to be pushed back toward the landslide.

All we know is not today, not tomorrow. x(
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medeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:58 PM
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3. Caltrans sucks!
Visited there in December and stranded for days just outside of Santa Barbara..

Never have I seen a state so ridiculously incapacitated by weather.
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:15 PM
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4. That's true. You'd think California was made of sugar since it melts
with just a little bit of water! :D
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:15 PM
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10. well come on- it wasn't just a little bit of water
we broke 100 plus year old records.

and yes...I'm still dealing with leaks and dripping. But at least my home is still standing.
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JunkYardDogg Donating Member (618 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 06:58 PM
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13. Go to Oregon
Those wankers can't even scrape ice off of I-5 thru Portland
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idiosyncratic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:20 PM
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5. A guy on rescue in La Conchita said mud was like "snot." Eeeuuueew!
Now that is a picture I didn't need in my mind, but it does explain why they cannot get the road cleared until things dry out.
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:27 PM
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6. There are actually three separate mudslides in la Conchita.
The first two are a tiny bit north of that "town," and they were the ones that closed the freeway. It's literally a sea of mud right up to the ocean.

The third and fatal one is where the houses butt up against the hillside away from the freeway.

So even if the first two 'slides didn't actually shut the freeway down, the search-and-rescue effort might have.

But it's still not a tsunami. Counting blessings.
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:34 PM
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7. FRIDAY. The freeway's closed until FRIDAY.
AAAAAAAaaaaaaack.
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:35 PM
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8. Insurance question
If your house & land are part of the mudslide & neither no longer exist, does the insurance company compensate you for this? I assume you have to have special insurance, but what do they do? Estimate the worth of your house & land & pay you?
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idiosyncratic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:48 PM
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9. I would be surprised if those people were able to get insurance
Since that hill collapsed almost ten years ago, and since the people refused to move, they might not have been able to get insurance.

Sort of like the people who live in the fire-prone chapparel areas. Some people either can't get, or can't afford, insurance because of the risk.

The man I feel sorry for is the one who just moved there four weeks ago. I wonder if he knew of the risk?

In Idaho where I used to live, they rate the avalanche danger and only owners can reside in houses on certain lots. They are not supposed to rent those places. I don't know if they are able to get insurance, or how much it might cost . . .
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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 08:31 PM
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11. Yes and no
A standard homeowners policy NEVER has to pay out for a landslide or a mudslide because it's considered an "Act of God" type disaster.

If you have a flood insurance policy (required in many areas), the Federal Flood Insurance program will pay out to rebuild after a mudslide. Since mudslides are driven by water, they legally looked upon as floods. If a homeowner has no flood insurance, they get nothing.

Just to make this trickier, if a house is lost in a LANDslide, then the flood insurance DOESN'T cover the losses. Unless the homeowner has a special landslide policy, which is only offered by a couple of insurers at thousands of dollars per year...on TOP of your regular homeowners insurance bill, then there will be no payout from either insurance companies or the government. Very, very few people have these policies in California (pretty much just the big hilltop mansions). If the cliff under your home gives out and your entire property vanishes into the ocean, not only do you lose everything, but you'll get no compensation AND you may still get stuck owing the mortgage!
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CrispyQ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:01 AM
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12. What a racket! Thanks for the explanation.
Not sure I would take a chance on a hillside mansion. Of course, on my salary it's not an issue.

Thanks again.
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JunkYardDogg Donating Member (618 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 06:59 PM
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14. They are using the Hiway for Equipment Staging
See the Front page photo of the Ventura County Star on Tuesday
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:20 PM
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15. Yeah, I know. That's my local paper.
Belated welcome to DU! :hi:
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