Update: One lane of northbound Hwy. 101 reopens near Ventura; Hwy. 166 reopens

Noozhawk.com and Tribune staff

Northbound Highway 101 at the Seacliff exit in Ventura County on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.
Northbound Highway 101 at the Seacliff exit in Ventura County on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

Update, Saturday, 10:20 a.m.

One northbound lane of Highway 101 near Ventura has been reopened.

Highway 166 is now fully reopened after flooding caused its closure Friday.

Original story:

All lanes of northbound Highway 101 in northern Ventura County at Highway 33 were closed indefinitely Friday afternoon because of roadway flooding and mudslides, officials said.

“Approximately 2 to 3 feet of standing mud is blocking the northbound side of U.S. 101,” said Officer Jonathan Gutierrez of the California Highway Patrol.

Caltrans crews were on scene clearing the freeway through the La Conchita area, and all northbound traffic was being diverted at Sea Cliff and directed southbound.

“There is no estimated time for reopening,” Gutierrez said.

Farther north on the Santa Barbara County/San Luis Obispo County line, Highway 166 from Highway 101 south of Nipomo to Interstate 5 near Bakersfield was closed because of flooding.

»» RELATED: Roads closed across SLO County from downed power lines, trees and flooding

Also in Santa Barbara County, an evacuation warning went into effect at 8 a.m. for the Sherpa Fire burn area. The warning was issued for El Capitan Canyon, El Capitan Ranch, El Capitan State Beach, Refugio State Beach, Refugio Canyon, Canada Venadito Canyon, del Coral, and Las Flores Canyon.

Refugio Canyon in the Sherpa Fire burn area was reported to be impassable, with the creek coming across the road in several locations.

As of 2 p.m., 24-hour rainfall totals in Santa Barbara County included 7.19 inches at San Marcos Pass, 5.16 inches at Refugio Pass, 5.96 inches at Lake Cachuma, 5.52 inches in Solvang, 3.76 inches in Lompoc, 4.20 inches in Santa Barbara, 3.72 inches in Goleta, 3.92 inches in Montecito and 3.36 inches in Carpinteria.

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