H-OCEANO

Dec 19, 2010 9:07 PM by Danielle Lerner

Oceano residents fed up with severe flooding

All of this rain has really started taking its toll on areas across the Central Coast. Flooding and mudslides continue to be a problem but for people living in Oceano the flooding is devastating. Several people were forced from their homes Sunday and many tell KSBY News the damage could have been prevented.

Security Court in Oceano looked more like a river Sunday as residents were forced to row their way down the street. The nearby duck pond overflowed, sending feet of water into nearby neighborhoods. Michelle Craig has lived in Oceano for 10 years and she is fed up with all the flooding.

"Our million dollar properties are going under water," said Craig. "We're pretty much on our own and it's gotten almost to the point where we can't get in and out anymore."

Residents resorted to their own techniques after sandbags did little to keep the water at bay.

"Part of the problem in the house that we're staying in is the electrical outlets are on the floor, and we're going to have to turn the electricity off if we start drawing water and we're close," said Kathy LaChance who is visiting from Maryland.

Just when many thought things couldn't get worse the rising water forced people from their homes.

"In a matter of minutes, I mean we were slopping around in water that's how fast it hit us," said Joe Orlando who evacuated his home in Oceano.

We caught up with Orlando and others at the Oceano Community Services District before he and others headed to the Red Cross Emergency Shelter at Arroyo Grande High School. He was out of the rain but the gravity of the situation was starting to sink in.

"It's like a nightmare," Orlando said. "My son has thousands of dollars of baseball cards that are ruined, completely ruined, irreplaceable, thousands that I got for him when he was sick with cancer years ago."

So as the wet weather continues to wreak havoc across the Central Coast people living in Oceano are still wondering how things got this bad in the first place.

"What a shame, what a disaster that could have been prevented," said Orlando.

"I know we're just a little tiny town in Oceano but somebody has to hear us," said Craig.

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