(CNN)Destructive waves of mud came down the hills in Southern California slamming everything in sight.
The force of the mudslides was so massive that it destroyed homes, uprooted trees and washed away dozens of cars. Hundreds of first responders in Santa Barbara County waded through waist-high mud while others flew over the devastation searching for survivors. As of Wednesday, 13 people were killed and more than 160 others were injured.In Montecito, a suburb of Santa Barbara, residents walked on streets blanketed by mud trying to understand the devastation left in the wealthy hillside enclave.”No one could have guessed this,” Diane Brewer said. “I’m wondering if my friends are alive.” Read MoreMuddy, debris-filled water flooded several roads, leaving the region at a standstill. A semi-truck was stuck in mud on the 101 Freeway in Montecito.The amount of debris was so massive that a stretch of 30 miles of the 101 Freeway between Montecito and Santa Barbara, is expected to remain closed for at least 48 hours, said Capt. Cindy Pontes with the California Highway Patrol. Photos: Deadly mudslides in Southern CaliforniaPhillip Harnsberger crosses through mud from a flooded creek on Sheffield Drive in Montecito, California, on Tuesday, January 9. Heavy rains unleashed destructive rivers of mud and debris in Southern California. At least 13 people have died.Hide Caption 1 of 10 Photos: Deadly mudslides in Southern CaliforniaRescue workers assist a child pulled from the mud in Montecito, California, on January 9. Hide Caption 2 of 10 Photos: Deadly mudslides in Southern CaliforniaMud covers a road in Burbank, California, on January 9. Hide Caption 3 of 10 Photos: Deadly mudslides in Southern CaliforniaIn this photo provided by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, US 101 at the Olive Mill Road overpass is flooded by Montecito Creek in Montecito, California, on January 9. Hide Caption 4 of 10 Photos: Deadly mudslides in Southern CaliforniaA member of the Long Beach search and rescue team looks for mudslide survivors in a car in Montecito on January 9. Flooding forced many heavily traveled roads to close.Hide Caption 5 of 10 Photos: Deadly mudslides in Southern CaliforniaScott Mayfield walks through mud in Carpinteria, California, on January 9.Hide Caption 6 of 10 Photos: Deadly mudslides in Southern CaliforniaMud washes away personal belongings in the Sun Valley neighborhood of Los Angeles on January 9.Hide Caption 7 of 10 Photos: Deadly mudslides in Southern CaliforniaRushing rainwater fills the Los Angeles River near downtown Los Angeles.Hide Caption 8 of 10 Photos: Deadly mudslides in Southern CaliforniaReilly, a search dog with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, looks for victims in Montecito on January 9.Hide Caption 9 of 10 Photos: Deadly mudslides in Southern CaliforniaA van is stuck in the mud in Los Angeles on January 9.Hide Caption 10 of 10The mud came in an instant, pounding and even crashing through the walls of many homes. Ben Hyatt said his Montecito home was surrounded by 2-3 feet of mud, and a washing machine had drifted into his front yard.As the mud receded, a dark stain covering halfway up the front windows of a home in Montecito served as a reminder of the havoc caused by the heavy rain and flooding. Homeowners and first responders were searching for at least two dozen people who were unaccounted for as Tuesday afternoon.Among those looking for survivors were Riley, a search dog with the Santa Barbara County Fire, and his handler Eric Gray. Santa Barbara County Fire Search Dog Riley.The yellow Labrador Retriever was deployed to Japan during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and traveled to Nepal after the deadly earthquake in 2015, according to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. Most recently, the pair traveled to Puerto Rico to search for people still trapped in the rubble in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, CNN affiliate KEYT reported.After hours trapped in the rubble, a 14-year-old girl was rescued from a home in Montecito that was destroyed by the heavy rains. The girl, coated head to foot in mud, was led by firefighters from the pile of wood and debris, a photo from the county fire department shows.Dozens were trapped in cars and buildings. At least 50 people were airlifted to safety on Tuesday in emergency helicopters, according to Kevin Taylor of the Montecito Fire Department.
Victim who was swept away in their vehicle was located by the crew of AirSquad6. Victim was hoisted and flown to awaiting ground personnel. pic.twitter.com/RvX743x0yi
— VenturaCoAirUnit (@VCAirUnit) January 9, 2018 Video footage shows how rescuers saved driver whose car was swept away by the mudflow during the rainstorm.