H-SANTA MARIA

Jan 23, 2012 10:08 PM by Nikki Ibarra

Much needed rain causes inconvenience for locals

The much needed rain storm has come and gone. It was a short stay for the first rainfall of the new year, but it was just enough for Central Coast residents.

According to Santa Maria city officials, there were no problems on the roads. The California Highway Patrol said there were a couple of fender benders on Highway 101, but nothing severe.

Residents said the rain was mostly an inconvenience.

"When it rains so hard, all the streets get flooded so fast," said Janice Niece of Santa Maria.

From being cold to wild drivers on the road, residents said they are looking forward to their beloved California sun. "That's the reason we pay a little extra to live here in California," said Santa Maria resident, Lupe Curil. "I'm ready for the sunshine," she adds.

However, there are those who have enjoyed these past couple of days. "I like the rain. I love it," said Raymond Avila of Santa Maria.

Like Willa Wiley of Alaska, who's loving this California winter. "I think it's needed. At least you don't have to shovel it," said Wiley.

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