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This is what the mud cleanup in Montecito is looking like

This is what the mud, debris cleanup looks like in Montecito

Crews are clearing mud and debris in Montecito, following the massive mudslides that have killed 20 people on Jan. 9, 2018.
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Crews are clearing mud and debris in Montecito, following the massive mudslides that have killed 20 people on Jan. 9, 2018.

Much of the community of Montecito remains evacuated, portions of Highway 101 are still closed and crews continue to clear mud and restore utilities before the next chance of rain on Thursday and Friday.

National Weather Service forecasters say the approaching system is weakening.

Montecito should see little precipitation Thursday night into Friday, forecasters say.

As crews clean up the debris and mud, cars, boats, boulders and parts of tree clog roadways and bridges.

A dead bear was found on the beach this week. State fish and game Lt. Nathaniel Dostal told KSBY-TV that the female black bear was found on the sand in Carpinteria. It weighed about 300 pounds and had a crushed skull. Dostal says it may have been hit by a boulder or other debris. The carcass was removed Tuesday morning.

At least 20 people were killed, hundreds of homes were destroyed or damaged and roads were swamped on Jan. 9 when a deluge from a rainstorm unleashed massive debris flows from the Thomas fire burn scar above Montecito.

David Caraccio: 916-321-1125, @DavidCaraccio

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