Californians enjoyed a brief respite from the onslaught of storms on Sunday afternoon.
The break in the severe weather allowed some to start cleaning up -- at least until the next system arrives.
While the torrential rains that drenched the Western state decreased on Sunday, the potential for more house-wrecking mud slides looms on the horizon.
Many residents of the small Northern Californian town of Rio Nido had a hard time recognizing the neighbourhood after Saturday's mud slides pulled six houses down the hill.
The California governor declared five more counties in states of emergency because of storm damage like the destruction at Rio Nido.
That ups the total to 27.
Many Rio Nido residents said it was the human side of the disaster that affected them the most.
"Yesterday when I walked up there to take a look it just made me cry because there's babies' pictures in the mud there's little toys - you know what I mean, family pictures everywhere and it's just sad to see that and to know what those people are going through it's just awful"
SUPER CAPTION: Christina Johnston, Witness
The governor toured the state on Sunday with the warning that more storms were approaching soon.
Double the amount of rain has fallen than normally expected at this time of year.
State officials blamed high winds for a large part of the damage as well.
Emergency workers were hard pressed to help residents with any last minute preparations they might need to prevent further damage.
"The problem is nobody can predict whether it's going to move slowly or going to move quickly, if it moves quickly, we right here are going to wind up under it".
SUPER CAPTION: Erne Ballinger, Sonoma County Sheriff's Department
In Marin County, bulldozers dug into the soupy mud in an attempt to shore up ground that can absorb no more water.
Many residents feared a repetition of the disaster suffered by the residents of Rio Nido.
Some residents were evacuated on Friday, but returned the next day.
They say they've spent the weekend watching and hoping that the earth would hold.
"There's not a lot we can do - we've got sandbags all around the house but that almost just makes you feel like you're doing something that's probably going to be completely unnecessary or completely futile, one or the other"
SUPER CAPTION: Mark Libby, Resident
Residents have set up tarpaulins over their yards to prevent further erosion.
Emergency crews have also set up makeshift drainage systems.
These Californians are hoping that their trouble will save their homes if the forecast storms hit on Monday.