H-OCEANO

Feb 17, 2011 8:22 PM by Danielle Lerner

Storm preps underway in Oceano

People in Oceano are bracing for the wet weather ahead. Back in December, heavy rain flooded streets with thigh-high water, and that's why residents are taking steps to keep that from happening again.

KSBY News first met Steven Ehens back in December when Mother Nature turned his street into a river. Two months later he is still putting his home back together.

"It came in through the front, came in through the back, we got about 8 inches deep in here," Ehens said. "I didn't think we were ever going to dry out."

Now armed with sandbags and water pumps, all eyes are on the Arroyo Grande Creek. Ehens walked KSBY News around the creek Thursday afternoon and gave us an up-close look at the gravity-controlled flap gates charged with protecting his neighborhood.

"It depends how much we get and how high Arroyo Grande Creek gets, because those flap gates won't drain if Arroyo Grande Creek's high and we'll be sitting in a big old puddle basically," said Ehens.

San Luis Obispo County's Deputy Director of Public Works, Dave Flynn, says crews have been working in and around the channel for the last month. He says the flap gates are silt-free and in working order.

"That's what we'll be looking at," said Flynn. "The water levels in the Arroyo Grande Channel in combination with the tides."

So for now it is a game of wait and see, as people in Oceano brace for another bout with Mother Nature.

"I've got clear water pumps, four of them, more sandbags then I really need and good friends," said Ehens. "Hopefully we'll get through it with that."

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