The mudslides that hit Santa Barbara County last week continue to clog a main artery for cars and trucks trying to get through the area. Some local business owners say the prolonged shutdown of the 101 Freeway has led to missed shipments and lost revenues.
A Caltrans spokesman estimated that each day, roughly 7,500 trucks normally pass through the stretch of the 101 currently closed while cleanup crews work to remove mud and debris that piled up due to last week's storms.
Getting farm shipments out on time is crucial to Santa Barbara County's many flower growers. June Van Wingerden, co-owner of Ocean Breeze Farms in Carpinteria, says their crops are highly perishable.
"With cut flowers, we harvest almost every day, so we ship every day," Van Wingerden said. But she wasn't able to get shipments out just after the mudslides.