Washout, slides close Hwy. 33

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Photo courtesy of Caltrans
Highway 33 north of Ojai remains closed to all but residents and emergency vehicles. Along with this washout 4.5 miles north of Wheeler Gorge Campground, there are several slides that need to be cleared and the area is still unstable, a ccording to Caltrans officials. Caltrans is bringing in engineers and a geologist Jan. 10 to assess the slide. In a best case scenario, the highway could be reopened as soon as next week. Or worst case, it could take a couple of months, according to Caltrans' Bob Kilpatrick.