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Updated Santa Maria storm response update

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Jan 10, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-11 13:38:19-05

The City of Santa Maria has reopened all 14 roads – except one stretch – closed due to flooding by Monday’s significant storm.

Only Black Road between Betteravia Road and Stowell Road remains closed due to standing water.

Be aware that schools are back in session and there is more traffic and pedestrians.

The City continues to deploy resources to protect the public and to prevent or limit damage to property and infrastructure.

Starting today, large amounts of water will be pumped out of a flood control basin in the northwest portion of the City.

The City, in cooperation with Santa Barbara County, will pump water out of the large Blosser Basin, into the Blosser Channel, which discharges into the Santa Maria River to the north.

This proactive project will make room for anticipated runoff from predicted weekend rain.

Original story:
1/10 @ 2:35 p.m.

Santa Maria as of this afternoon has reopened five of 14 roads that were closed Monday due to flooding during the storm.

Due to all the rain activity, city parks with retention basins are closed because they are full of runoff and the Santa Maria River is flowing.

City crews are continuously doing damage assessments.

Santa Maria residents whose properties sustained uninsured damage due to the storm are encouraged to contact the Building Division of the City’s Community Development Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 2241.

Residents can stay informed by using an interactive City road closure map posted online.

An emergency shelter opened by the City at its Minami Community Center on Monday night has since been closed.

However, The Freedom Warming Center located at the Church of Nazarene, 1026 Sierra Madre, housed 23 persons overnight and is still available to provide services.

The City continues to provide normal operating hours at the City’s Main Library and the
branch libraries it operates in Los Alamos, Cuyama, and Orcutt.

The Guadalupe Branch Library is closed today due to localized street flooding, and Bookmobile service is unavailable due to windy conditions.

The City was fortunate to maintain electrical power, according to PG&E, and residents and
businesses in Santa Maria continue to have all utility services available.

Stronger winds and additional rains are forecast in the coming days so residents are encouraged to take appropriate precautions.

Residents are encouraged to follow the City’s social media pages, or check the City’s webpage for the latest information.