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UPDATE: One emergency shelter open in Santa Maria, Atkinson shelter closed

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Posted at 3:12 PM, Jan 09, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-10 01:31:17-05

UPDATE As of 10:18 P.M.

The City of Santa Maria created an interactive map depicting City road closures is posted online here. This map will continue to be updated to reflect current information.

One emergency shelter remains open in the City of Santa Maria, at the Minami Center, 600 West Enos Drive. This is for community members who need a place to stay due to flooding and for safety reasons.

The City closed a second shelter location at its Atkinson Center, 1000 North Railroad.

As the storm continues into Tuesday, residents can get free sand at five locations in the City and must bring their own sand bags. A map of sand stockpile locations and a video about how to properly fill a sand bag is on the City’s website.

UPDATE As of 6:58 P.M.

The City of Santa Maria has opened emergency shelters due to the storm. Those displaced by flooding, unable to get home, and those experiencing homelessness, may go to two emergency shelters until 10:00 p.m. tonight. They are the City’s Atkinson Community Center, 1000 North Railroad Avenue, and the Minami Community Center, 600 West Enos Drive.

The City is not issuing evacuation orders at this time and continues to monitor the situation.

As of 6:30 p.m. this is the updated list of closed City streets:

  • Along the City’s west side, Blosser Road is closed from Rancho Verde to Hidden Pines, and Canal Street from Riverton to Blosser Road
  • Thornburg Street from Lolita Lane to Sonya Lane
  • Daniel Drive from McClelland Street to Miller Street
  • McClelland Street from Daniel Drive to Inger Drive
  • Centerpointe from Southside Parkway to Cielo
  • Sonya Lane from Thornburg Street to Depot Street
  • Dejoy Street from Jewel Street to Kensington Avenue
  • Williams Street from Russell Avenue to Dejoy Street
  • Black Road from Betteravia Road to Main Street (Highway 166)
  • Jones from Bradley Road to Suey Road
  • Suey Road from Main Street to Jones

To protect the Hancock Park neighborhood near Marian Medical Center from street flooding, the Department of Public Works placed two temporary dams called a “muscle wall” on East Jones Street and Farrell Drive and Marian Drive, and at Marian and Jones. Muscle wall is a tough plastic barrier filled with water and connected by sections to form a temporary dam.


Flooding is being reported throughout Santa Maria city streets.

The City says it used its mass notification system Monday to alert people to conditions via text, email and phone.

To sign up for alerts, click here.

The City is asking people to stay off the roads and out of basins.

Sand for sandbags is available at the locations listed here.