Brightly colored toys buried in mud. Brown murky water where cars once parked. Family photos floating through a neighborhood.

This is what one Southern California community looked like last week, lifelong Ventura resident Angie Thompson said, after the state's 11th atmospheric river this winter wrought hurricane-like winds and catastrophic flooding.

CNN meteorologist Gene Norman and CNN's Natasha Chen, Veronica Miracle and Cheri Mossburg contributed to this report.