After deadly mudslides killed at least 20 people in Montecito, California, earlier this month, the city remains buried in mud. It's a daunting cleanup, with no end in sight.
Disaster relief crews have already spent weeks digging through the mud trying find victims swept from their homes in the mudslide from the Thomas Fire burn area near Santa Barbara. But they're starting to run out of places to transfer the mud. Now, more than a thousand workers from 10 agencies are still working to remove tons of mud from the city.
"We have an enormous amount of material and we've only scratched the surface of how much material we have to remove," said Tom Fayram, deputy director of Santa Barbara Public Works. "You're pulling out thousands of cubic yards of material 10 yards at a time, and so that puts into perspective how long it will take."
With January beginning the rainy season, workers must prepare for whatever hits the area next. VICE News spent time with cleanup crews to find out where all that mud goes.
This segment originally aired January 18, 2018 on VICE News Tonight on HBO.