As the Rains Ease in California, Many See the Damage Rise

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Still, many residents are determined to recover. Ms. Honeyman, who has lived in Springville for 30 years, said that her aunt, who declined to be interviewed, and her family would be staying at an Airbnb until they could begin to rebuild. And, despite the destruction she witnessed, she said that leaving Springville was not a consideration.

“I grew up here, I moved here in first grade,” she said. “This is home, and I love living the country life up here. Unfortunately, this is stuff that happens when you live in a rural area.”

Everyone made it out alive, and no one was hurt, she added.

“Everything else can be replaced,” she said.

In Arrowbear Lake, an unincorporated community in the San Bernardino Mountains, Marty Vrolyks, 71, also had a positive outlook.

Mr. Vrolyks, a retired grocery warehouse worker who has lived in Arrowbear Lake for nearly 27 years, said the storm had helped renew a sense of community among residents. Neighbors were helping neighbors, and Mr. Vrolyks said the storm had helped him put names to faces that he had seen only in passing.

On Saturday, he said he was planning to check on some of his neighbors, including a diabetic man whom he had delivered insulin to about a week ago.

“From this point on, it’s going to be a whole different story,” Mr. Vrolyks said. “You want to know who your neighbors are and exchange phone numbers. You really become tight-knit in this kind of environment.”

John Keefe contributed reporting.