Flooding fix sought by supervisors
September 14, 2011
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.