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Unrelenting Storms Pack Punch

Ventura County emergency personnel search for victims of the La Conchita mudslide. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
An injured woman pulled from the mud-covered wreckage of a home in La Conchita is carried out by Ventura County police officers and rescue personnel. The mudslide destroyed 15 homes and damaged at least five others. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Emergency personnel search for victims trapped by the La Conchita mudslide. (Stephen Osman / LAT)
Emergency personnel from Ventura County dig through the rubble of a house in La Conchita, hoping to find survivors. At least seven people were pulled from the mud by nightfall. (Lawrence K. Ho / LAT)
Cars and debris are strewn over the area of the La Conchita mudslide as emergency personnel search for possible victims. (Lawrence K. Ho / LAT)
Emergency personnel work to clear debris. “We’ve heard that there’s six definite in there, but we’ve heard that there’s up to 12 unaccounted for,” said Ventura County Fire Chief Bob Roper. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
Emergency personnel work to clear debris and look for victims. Twelve people are still missing. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
Residents of La Conchita watch in tears and shock as rescue efforts continued Monday afternoon. The search was suspended around 9 p.m. as heavy rain fell. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
Mudslide leaves damage and destruction behind. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
Rescue workers carry one of the injured out of the slide area in La Conchita. Rescue efforts were interrupted after nightfall after a fresh downpour hit the area. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
A man sits amid the destruction caused in La Conchita. (Spencer Weiner / LAT)
Two women console each other after hearing that a body had been found buried beneath a house. Fears for missing neighbors spread quickly In the tightknit community. (Wally Skalij / LAT)
A mobile home is swept from its foundation into the fast-rising waters of Santa Clara River in Santa Clarita amid Monday’s relentless rainfall. The home had been evacuated earlier and no one was injured. Many area residents sought shelter at a center set up at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita. (Anne Cusack / LAT)
A huge boulder lies in the middle of Topanga Canyon Boulevard a mile north of Pacific Coast Highway, where it snapped power poles and shut the road. (Ken Hively / LAT)