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Nov 11, 2011 1:40 AM by Liza Sullivan

Pismo Beach flooding problem leaves woman desperate for sandbags

A Pismo Beach woman is demanding sandbags before the next rain storm, so the street she lives on, and her property don't flood again.

It has been an ongoing issue, however the City of Pismo Beach refuses to help.

"It went over my sidewalk and onto my grass," said Judy Dow who lives on San Luis Avenue in Downtown, Pismo Beach.
She describes the rain water that races down her street and onto her property every time it pours.

"And when I opened my garage all my things were wet inside," she added.

Kay Langwell believes the street is flawed, and blames the city for the flooding.

"They know there is an engineering problem with this street," Langwell said about the Public Works Department. "The water dumps from on top of the hill, goes under the highway, opens up to a drain, and dumps right in the front of our property."

Langwell's home is already lined with sandbags that she says were placed there by city workers last Winter. Now she wants more, before the next storm.

Ben Fine, a Pismo Beach civil engineer, says San Luis Avenue has been like that for years. But workers cannot drop off sandbags.

"There's several reasons," said Fine. "It creates a liability, and it also turns into an issue of spending public funds to fix private problems."

And so the people who live on San Luis Avenue will have to get the sandbags themselves, which are provided for free at the maintenance yard on Frady Lane.

"We don't understand why they can't just bring us sandbags," said Langwell who is disabled. "It's a real simple solution."

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