After intense rains triggered deadly mudslides in the coastal California city of Montecito that swept away buildings and inundated roads, DigitalGlobe, a satellite imagery company, released images showing the extent of the destruction.

The images, made available late Thursday and taken from the company’s WorldView-2 satellite, show how mud and debris have buried and destroyed parts of the city.

Compare the images taken Wednesday with similar ones taken in April.

San Ysidro Creek

Knowlwood

Santa Ynez Mtns.

Highway

101

Montecito Inn

Fernald Point

—Elevation: 2,715 feet

Santa Ynez Mountains

San Ysidro

Creek

Knowlwood

Highway

101

Montecito Inn

Highway

101

Fernald

Point

—Elevation: 2,715 feet

Santa Ynez Mountains

San Ysidro

Creek

Knowlwood

Montecito Inn

Highway—

101

—Highway

101

Fernald

Point

San Ysidro Creek

San Ysidro Creek

Montecito

(DigitalGlobe)

The Thomas Fire, the largest fire in California history, burned vegetation and altered the ground surface in the Santa Ynez Mountains above Montecito. This allowed water and mud to flow swiftly down the San Ysidro Creek toward developed areas.

Knowlwood

A residential area along San Ysidro Creek on Tuesday. (Ventura County Aerial Unit photo)

Mud and debris flowed from the scorched foothills roughly one mile downstream to the neighborhood around the Knowlwood Tennis Club, burying a number of homes in mud. More than 60 homes have been destroyed and an additional 400 have been damaged by the mudflows, according to Santa Barbara County.

Knowlwood

Montecito

(DigitalGlobe)

Fernald Point

Approximately 1.5 miles from the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains, multiple stretches of Highway 101 along the coast were inundated with mudflow, trapping semi-trailers and other vehicles in mud.

Montecito

Fernald Point

(DigitalGlobe)

The Montecito Inn

The Montecito Inn, next to a submerged Highway 101 on Tuesday. (Ventura County Aerial Unit photo)

The Montecito Inn, which sits along Highway 101, has been flooded with mud and debris, along with many other businesses in the vicinity.

Montecito

Montecito Inn

(DigitalGlobe)

Armand Emamdjomeh contributed to this report.

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Before and after imagery provided by DigitalGlobe. Satellite image on three-dimensional map provided by Planet. Originally published Jan. 12, 2018.

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