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Part of Highway 154 washed away in storm; roadway closed indefinitely

Part of Highway 154 washed away in storm; roadway closed indefinitely

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Highway 154 remains closed indefinitely near Cachuma Lake. A drainage culvert filled with debris and water during Saturday’s storm, damaging the roadway.

A portion of Highway 154 near Cachuma Lake was destroyed during the weekend storm, closing off the roadway from Santa Barbara to the junction with Highway 246 for the foreseeable future. 

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Highway 154 east of Cachuma Lake will be closed indefinitely because of damage created by this weekend's storm. Water and debris from the Whittier fire have created another lake, and officials worry about stability of the roadway.

California Highway Patrol Officer Joel Asmussen said a portion of the roadway was washed away during heavy rain which caused downed trees and roadway flooding throughout Santa Barbara County.

Asmussen said the highway is closed in both directions.

"It's going to need to be rebuilt," he said. "We don't have an estimated time on when that'd be yet." 

A spokesman with Caltrans said a blocked culvert resulted in water running along the surface and that motorists should use Highway 101 as a detour. 

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Highway 154 is closed between Santa Barbara and California State Route 246 in Santa Ynez. 

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Crews work to drain water that has been collecting near Highway 154 because of a damaged culvert. 



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Razi Syed covers city government for the Santa Maria Times. He is a graduate of Fresno State University and New York University.

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