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Winter Weather

Winter Weather HandbookSay "winter weather," and you probably imagine snowdrifts and snowplows and lots of very, very cold people shivering inside sweaters, jackets, and several layers of long underwear. Brrrrr.

Well, it may not snow in San Luis Obispo, but it sure can rain. Every winter brings with it the potential for flooding. In fact, although it's hard to remember as we experience this severe drought, in the not-too-distant past residents of San Luis Obispo have experienced four major floods. Get out the hip boots! And each year during normal rains, we face minor flooding in many of the low-lying areas. Water has caused a lot of expensive property damage in San Luis Obispo, as those who were unprepared know all too well.


So, what to do?

First of all, don't panic.
And then ...get ready!
 Get Ready


Of course, we here at Public Works do what we can to prevent damage from winter weather, making sure public highways, streets, bridges and public buildings are safe and well-maintained. But contrary to popular belief, we can't be everywhere at once.

But that's OK, because we have prepared this handy guide for you. It tells you lots of things you need to know to get ready for winter weather - before the rains come down.

And if you have any questions once you've read through this guide, you can always call us at 781-RAIN.

At the City of San Luis Obispo Public Works Department, we're ready for anything.

amanrightAnd you can be, too!

We have the answers to all your winter weather questions.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Am I at risk?

  • But... I don't want to walk the plank!

  • Can I use baffle boards to protect my doorway entrances?

  • I haven't planted anything on my backyard slope. What should I do?

  • I just bought a new car and park it in my garage. How can I keep the water out?

  • I still have more questions, can you help?

  • I'm baffled by baffle boards. What are they, and how do I use them?

  • Is it safe to surf on flood waters?

  • Is there anything I can do to strengthen the soil so it resists erosion?

  • My house has a wood floor. Am I doomed?

  • My house is built on a slab. It's safe from water, isn't it?

  • My property falls within a flood zone! What should I do?

  • My property isn't in a flood zone, but I still want to get ready. What can I do?

  • Rover doesn't know how to dog paddle. How can I help him?

  • The storm is over. Now what?

  • The water's coming right now and I missed the winter weather sale at the hardware store - Help?

  • What about my kids? What can I do to protect them?

  • What do I need to know about sandbags?