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City Prepared for Rainy Season, Crews on Patrol

Post Date:11/28/2018

The City of San Luis Obispo began preparing for the wet winter season in September and is ready now that rain has arrived. 

The Public Works Department inspected and cleaned rock guards and drainage systems and approximately 150 ‘hot spots’ identified throughout the City. On any rainy day, crews patrol four storm zones. A crew is assigned to each zone and inspects hot spots for downed trees, flooding, debris flow, and responds to calls for service. In the evening, police officers patrol critical areas and rangers routinely inspect the creeks to check if anyone is camping in a potential flood zone. 


The Utilities Department implemented their standard rainy season procedures at facilities and in their field operations that includes shutting off irrigation systems to save water and avoid flooding. 

In October, crews removed 1,300 cubic yards of sediment and silt from the Prefumo Creek arm above Laguna Lake. In November, the City worked with the California Conservation Corps to clear outlet culverts at Laguna Lake. These projects help manage debris flow and rain runoff into the lake. The City Biologist has also been working with various crews to clear critical portions of San Luis Creek and will be patrolling throughout the storm. 

Sand for sandbags is available for the public at Santa Rosa Park, Sinsheimer Park, Laguna Lake Golf Course, and the Corporation Yard. Click here for a map. Sandbags can be purchased at Home Depot, Farm Supply, or Miner’s Hardware and brought to the sand distribution locations for filling. 

Free ponchos are provided for transit riders at the Downtown Transit Center.

Crews are working during the day and are on call at night. Non-emergency calls should be directed to 805-781-7317 and in the event of a true emergency, please call 911.


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