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UPDATE: Residents near Arroyo Grande Creek Channel ordered to evacuate

Arroyo Grande levee
Posted at 2:36 PM, Jan 09, 2023

UPDATE 5:26 A.
The county has issued another order for residents in Oceano on the north side of the levee from the bridge to the south end of county-maintained roads.

Flooding is reaching dangerous levels, and residents should seek higher ground.

UPDATE as of 4:00 P.M.

The San Luis Obispo County has issued an evacuation order for individuals near the Arroyo Grande Creek Channel. The rain is expected to continue, and the Arroyo Grande Creek Channel is full and beginning to overtop the south levee. Residents south of the Arroyo Grande Creek Channel are urged to seek higher ground immediately.

Flooding in low lying areas near the Arroyo Grande Creek Channel is expected, and all residents able to evacuate to higher ground, should do so immediately.

Residents on property in the following areas are urged to evacuate to higher ground immediately: South of AG Creek Levee - All areas south of the Arroyo Grande Creek Channel for one mile and west of Highway 1.

Avoid using roadways that are inundated with water. Even low levels of water can stall or wash you and your car away. A Caltrans map for travel alerts is located at QuickMap (ca.gov).

ORIGINAL STORY: San Luis Obispo County's Office of Emergency Services is urging residents in low lying areas south of Highway 1 along the Arroyo Grande Creek Channel to be prepared to evacuate to higher ground should water levels continue to rise to flood levels.

Officials say the Arroyo Grande Creek Channel levees' integrity remains stable, however, intense rain is expected to continue through the end of today and any spill over or levee failure could happen quickly with little time for residents to be alerted.

They are asking residents around Oceano Lagoon to also be prepared for flooding and evacuation. The Oceano Lagoon has reached capacity. The ongoing storm will continue to fill the lagoon and potentially overflow into surrounding residential neighborhoods. Residents surrounding the lagoon should be prepared for flooding including potential for necessary evacuation.

Residents on property which may be affected should the Arroyo Grande Creek Chanel spillover or fail include:

  • All areas south of the Arroyo Grande Creek Channel for one mile and west of Highway 1
  • All areas north of the Arroyo Grande Creek Channel and south of Beach St.
  • North of the Arroyo Grande Creek Channel west of 19th St. south of Ocean St.
  • South of Pier Ave and west of Highway 1.

For more storm preparation information and locations to obtain sand and sandbags, visit ReadySLO.org.