Nov 16, 2012 8:43 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

More money to help stop flooding in Oceano

San Luis Obispo County Supervisors are spending more than $115,000 in Oceano to help stop flooding. The Area has a long history with flooding, most recently in 2011, when an entire neighborhood was devastated after a heavy rainfall.

We spoke with a man who lost his home not once, but twice to flooding in that area. "When you watch the news, and you see we're in for three or four inches it kind of gives you that thing in the back of your mind, oh boy here we go again, its scary, its scary," says Chris King. He knows first-hand the devastation flooding can cause.

"I got a call from my mom who was staying with me at the time and she said you better get home because you're not going to be able to drive down the street," says King.

But it was much worse than that. Every room inside the home had been filled. That's when King decided to make a change and pack up for good.

"After replacing all our furniture, blankets clothing, all that twice, it just wasn't worth it anymore," says King.

There may be some relief in the near future for people in Oceano. The Board of Supervisors is spending over $115,000 to improve drainage in the town. Crews are working to make flow paths more open. In the spring, work will begin on a project to improve drainage along Highway 1 and 13th Street, an area that frequently floods when the rain arrives.

Although King won't benefit, he's happy that people won't have to fear the rain. "They definitely took their time, but its great they're finally doing something. At least its going to help the people who live out there now, its long over due," says King.

The work at Meadow Creek Lagoon was recently stopped because workers spotted an endangered critter called the Red Legged Frog. They hope to complete that area of work by the end of the year.



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