Storm brings trade crashes, downed trees and flooding to SLO County

Numerous car crashes and reports of flooding, mudslides and downed trees kept open reserve and open works crews bustling Tuesday as a powerful charge changed by San Luis Obispo County.

As of late afternoon, areas in a county reported 48-hour rainfall totals as high as 5 inches.

Rain began descending usually late Monday evening, and by midmorning Tuesday CHP reported several trade collisions and areas of flooding or mud, mud or rocks on a roadway.

“With this line of sleet relocating through, we can see a continue on a Highway Patrol website,” Mark Hutchinson, a emissary executive of county open works, pronounced about noon.

At that time, Hutchinson pronounced there were no critical areas of flooding in a county’s unincorporated areas, though open works crews were responding to a series of depressed trees in a North County, including one tree down on York Mountain Road nearby Highway 46 West.

Employees from a county’s highway upkeep multiplication were operative in a sleet Tuesday, responding to problems and “hoping people will compensate courtesy to flashing lights and (county) yellow trucks,” Hutchinson said.

PGE meteorologist John Lindsey tweeted about 10:30 a.m. that southeasterly winds were floating during 22 mph, with gusts adult to 32 mph during Diablo Canyon, and some-more than 0.25 inches of sleet had depressed as of about 10 a.m. Prefumo Canyon in San Luis Obispo already reported some-more than an in. of rain, he wrote.

“It’s been so prolonged given we’ve had any decent rain,” he pronounced in a phone interview. “It’s unequivocally going to make a hills go green.”

On a CHP website, flooding was reported midmorning during Vineyard Drive and Highway 46 West and Highway 101 and Vista Del Ciudad, on a Cuesta Grade. There was also a news of a mudslide inspiring a westbound line during Highway 41 and Homestead Road.

Highway 1 remained open via a day, according to Caltrans orator Jim Shivers.

By midafternoon, a 11 CHP officers operative out of a agency’s San Luis Obispo bureau were bustling responding to solo spinout incidents and trade crashes as a solid sleet kept area roads soppy and slick.

Officer J.W. Townsend pronounced there were no vital damage crashes, though officers in a SLO area had responded to 28 trade collisions from Santa Margarita to Santa Maria and adult a North Coast to Harmony.

“We have to give ourselves some-more time on days like this,” Townsend said. “I tell people to give yourself additional time and space. I’m entrance to work, and large rigs are flitting me.”

In San Luis Obispo, city open works crews checked problem areas via a city, though emissary Public Works director/city operative Barbara Lynch pronounced no vital problems were reported.

“We’ve got partial of a organisation doing unit to keep a grates clean, and they’re means to keep adult with things during this point, creation certain a H2O can get into a drains,” she pronounced Tuesday afternoon. “There are some areas where H2O doesn’t upsurge as well.”

Ron Alsop, a county’s puncture services manager in a Office of Emergency Services, pronounced county officials were monitoring a charge though hadn’t perceived reports of any vital issues involving flooding or poignant highway blockages — only a lot of trade accidents.

“The county highway crews are a ones staying bustling as good as a puncture responders,” Alsop said.

County open works staff is monitoring a Arroyo Grande Creek levee, he said, and a Oceano Lagoon (also called Meadow Creek lagoon).

During complicated storms in Dec 2010, H2O from a Oceano Lagoon was incompetent to dull into rain-swollen Arroyo Grande Creek and, as a result, flooded homes in neighborhoods off Pier Avenue, nearby a Oceano County Airport.

“The Meadow Creek firth is rising a bit and they’re gripping an eye on it,” Alsop said.

Late in a day, Caltrans pronounced it had crews patrolling Highway 1 between Ragged Point and Big Sur for waste in a road, though a highway was approaching to sojourn open by a widen overnight.

Spokesman Colin Jones urged motorists to news any alley hazards and equivocate pushing that apportionment of Highway 1, if possible.

As of Tuesday evening, PGE reported 48-hour rainfall totals trimming from about a quarter-inch during a Santa Maria Public Airport to 5.3 inches during Walter Ranch in Cambria. The San Luis Obispo Regional Airport available 1.42 inches, a Santa Margarita Fire Department available 2.5 inches and 3.25 inches of sleet was available during Cottontail Creek in Cayucos.

Rainfall totals

48-hour rainfall totals from locations around SLO County:

Source: John Lindsey, PGE