Flooding fix sought by supervisors

September 14, 2011

Flooding last December in Oceano

Oceano’s annual winter flooding will be addressed by San Luis Obispo County officials with a short-term solution search in order to deal with looming inclement weather. No “simple fixes” exist for the long term, according to one county supervisor.

Supervisor Bruce Gibson fretted about the lack of planning for a long-term resolution for the  coastal community, which is plagued each year by high water. Storms damaged at least 70 homes throughout the county in December, and most affected were neighborhood areas near the Oceano County Airport, said planners.

High water in county lakes has prompted supervisors’ worry; Lopez Lake at 92 percent filled, and two downstream waterways, Arroyo Grande Creek and Oceano Lagoon — are prone to flooding.

Staff has until Oct. 25 to draft a plan for supervisors’ scrutiny. Staff also will work with state and federal agencies to maximize cooperation in the permit-gathering process.

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I wonder if John Wallace will be on the “solution finding” process.

Interesting that only six posts were made about this very inportant topic…

Only six comments not posts, these are comments.

At least they fixed the flooding of State Highway 1 in 2009 by enlarging the entrence for the water to leave State Highway 1 to go to the west side of Oceano.

If the County of San Luis Obispo would like to stop the west side of Oceano From flooding AS IT HAD NOT FLOODED SINCE 2002, the County can again use my Oceano Nursery property as it had been used since 2004 for this storm water!

In all of the money spent on studys, have they ever figured out that water runs down hill?

In 1995 the Railroad gave to the County of San Luis Obispo an easement along State highway 1 that would abait the flooding of the west side of Oceano. Why has the County not Used this easement for storm water retention?

The photo used above is the Al Baughman Property that the County of San Luis Obispo withheld from discovery in exhibit # 579 This exhibit would have resolved the flooding of State highway 1 and the west side of Oceano!

While I love anyone who is a serious and honest activist (not just in name only), your website is a serious TRAIN WRECK! GAH! It looks like you have a lot of good info, but it’s so hap-hazard, it hurts the eyes. You might want to find someone to help with that.

I agree. There is a LOT of great information there! However, misspellings and too much bolding and highlighting are a distraction.

InverseCondemnation, kudos for your ability to bring it all together!

Once again instead of discussing the topic yourself, you are slamming others…

The facts are,

First, the county allows homes be built regardless whether the needed infrastructure is in place. They take the fees for plans and approve the permits knowing full well there are problems.

And second, I point out a very successful volunteer program done annually that does what the county will not or can not do.

So unless you have something to contribute just be quiet and stop the personal attacks…


As in most problems related to planning and public works in this county, little was ever done or thought out when permits were issued over the years. Oceano is just one of many low lying communities without any adequate drainage infrastructure ever put in place despite the amount of homes allowed to be built in a potential flood plain that has a long history of flooding.

The same holds true for Santa Margarita, yet the citizens have worked with SLO county public work, the CSA 23 advisory board and the DFG to keep the creeks cleared, the ditches and culverts cleaned out every year. It is all done with volunteer labor and since this work began in Earnest, little to no flooding has occurred (knock on wood)and Santa Margarita has some of the highest rainfall totals of any community in the entire county.

Many things can be done but it takes active concerned citizens who are willing to do more than just complain…

Or all those homes in the 100-year flood plain as you cross the bridge into Santa Maria (coming from the north). I always wondered who decided that. Just because the “mighty Santa Maria River” runs dry mostly, doesn’t mean it will always be that way.

The cynic in me thinks the permits were issued by people who hope to be long gone before the next “100-year” flood comes along. More kicking the can down the road for the next generation. But that’s just the cynic in me…