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Flood Preparation Guide

Flood Preparation Handbook

Preparing for winter weather in San Luis Obispo doesn't mean buying snow tires and installing storm windows. (We're so lucky, aren't we?!)

And, of course, "it never rains in California," or so the old song says. Getting ready for winter weather means grabbing the suntan lotion and enjoying fun in the sun, right?

Well, as Scrooge would say, "Bah, humbug!" You and I both know how wrong that old song is. Flooding - even during an average winter - is a reality San Luis Obispo residents face every year. ...Okay, maybe not recently. But still, it could happen at any time!

But don't worry.
Be ready!


We here at the City of San Luis Obispo Public Works Department are here to answer questions about how to get ready for winter weather. Additionally, we have a handy dandy Flood Brochure with loads of great information to check out!

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • But aren't I safe inside my car?

  • Do I live in a flood zone?

  • How can I protect my property from flood damage?

  • How can I stay safe if I must travel during a storm?

  • How long does a flood usually last?

  • How will I know if there is a flood danger during a storm?

  • I still have more flood questions. Can you help?

  • If my property's in the floodplain, does that mean I can't develop it?

  • Is it OK to watch the rushing water? It's so beautiful...

  • Is there anything else I can do to get ready?

  • OK, what if I just want to remodel my building - which happens to be in a flood zone?

  • What can you tell me about flood insurance?

  • What does our local floodplain consist of?

  • What should I do if I see downed power lines?