SLO County crashes, river rescue, flooding – photos

March 10, 2023

Avila Beach, photo by Saro Rizzo


The latest atmospheric river storm is causing widespread flooding, evacuations, car crashes and a river rescue in San Luis Obispo County.


Firefighters rescue two people from the Salinas River


Paso Robles firefighters rescued two people trapped in the Salinas River on Friday morning. The pair appeared to be camping in the river near the Walgreens shopping center. Video by Glenn O’Hagan.


Rollover crash on Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo

A white van drifted off Highway 101 near lower Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo, then rolled and the went down an embankment knocking out the windshield and the front bumper. One person was injured in the crash.


Graves, walkways and benches submerged in SLO


Flooding at Silver City in Morro Bay

The entrance to Spanish Oaks at Highway 101 in Santa Margarita

Photo by George Sullivan

Playground in Avila Beach

Photo by Saro Rizzo


Postal delivery on San Ramon in Atascadero

Photo by Richard Bastian


Fruit tree falls in Atascader0

Photo by Ricard Bastian

Cemetery in San Luis Obispo

Bob Jones Trail in Avila Beach

Santa Margarita Creek

Photo by George Sullivan

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It’s times like this that SLO County realizes it should have had the foresight to develop better flood control infrastructure such as catchment basins, reserve mini-reservoirs, and lots more restored natural riparian corridors populated with Castor canadensis who are perpetually busy constructing their many dams and ponds.