H-OCEANO

Dec 29, 2010 10:24 PM by Ariel Wesler

More flooding for Oceano neighborhood

It's anything but paradise for people living on Honolulu Street in Oceano. They were flooded again after last night's rain and are furious after going through this just last week.

Neighbors say they noticed the flooding around 9 a.m.

"It looked like a small creek flowing through here," said Greg Cobb of Oceano.

Neighbors living on Honolulu street are tired of the flooding turning their homes into islands.

"It's very disheartening when you've already been flooded, and you've got substantial damage, and we have to move out. We're living in a hotel, not to have any response from the county," Cobb said.

Overnight rains made their way to the ground, which is already over saturated from the previous storms, so the water has nowhere to go. Neighbors say so far this time, the water has not gone into their homes.

Sadly, it has become an all too familiar sight in parts of Oceano and neighbors say they want public agencies to step up and take action.

"It's very hard to understand how this could be a continuous problem for these many years. I mean, there has to be an answer for this," said Penny Villalba of Oceano.

The county says it's doing all it can, but for those dealing with the problem everyday, that's just not enough.

"It makes it kinda tough to park here and get out of your car. You know, it's dangerous. We shouldn't have to deal with that for a whole day, two days, whatever it takes," said Rudy Martinez of Oceano.

One neighbor told me today called the San Luis Obispo Grand Jury. She has started a class action lawsuit against the county to pay for the damages from last week's storms.

Some neighbors blamed cal trans for breaching a culvert on 13th Street. Cal Trans says it has not done anything to divert the water in any way.

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