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Posted on: January 5, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City, Road and Storm Updates for Arroyo Grande

Road Work Storm Repairs SL

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The San Luis Obispo County Office of Emergency Services has received many calls from wonderful people who want to volunteer. Visit and let OES know how you would like to help.


Morning Updates for Arroyo Grande:

- There is no street flooding or closures at this time.

- Rain is predicted to resume around 3:00 p.m. today until tomorrow morning about 6:00 a.m.

- City Crews will be out during that time and continue monitoring.



The January 9th storm event has impacted many City residents and businesses. City staff have been working around the clock to assess the damage caused in the City, prepare for additional rain events, and provide information on resources available to those affected.

A number of homes on Tally Ho Road have been severely impacted by the storm. Five Cities Fire personnel were called to the area early in the day on January 9th and assisted residents with safety information. City representatives from the Community Development and Public Works Departments then visited each of the affected homes on Tally Ho Road. Upon making direct contact with homeowners and residents present at the time, City staff ensured they had alternative shelter, provided additional City resources information, and safety tips, such as shutting off the power and gas where necessary.

In consultation with the City’s Building Official, staff returned in the late afternoon/evening on January 9th to contact available residents and provide tags for unsafe conditions such as swamped electrical systems. The next morning, Tuesday January 10th, City staff returned and talked with several residents about additional resources for disaster recovery such as, and to let them know that the City’s Building Official would be returning in the afternoon to do preliminary inspections. The Building Official completed preliminary inspections on Tuesday afternoon. City staff have visited the neighborhood regularly throughout the storm events this week and continue to do so through the weekend. Some homeowners have begun the permitting process necessary with the City to address the flooding damage to homes. Information regarding resources have been posted to the City’s website and are available through

City staff recognize this is an immensely difficult time for residents. A City liaison will be in place no later than Tuesday, specifically for those impacted by the storm event, to act as the conduit of information to and from the affected homeowners on Tally Ho. City staff are currently working to coordinate services to the area such as waste hauling and are available to assist with information and services that may be needed for the rehabilitation process.

In addition to Red Cross assistance and sheltering options, services are available through the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition (5CHC) to assist residents who have been displaced from the storm. 5CHC has begun a fundraising effort to help residents and homeowners in the South County. Please find the link to donate to 5CHC assistance to residents as follows: . For information regarding shelters, the Red Cross Central California advises checking their Twitter page, found at the following link: 


The American Red Cross is opening a shelter for residents who are displaced due to flooding. The shelter will be located at San Luis Obispo High School, 1499 San Luis Drive in San Luis Obispo. The shelter will open at 3 pm and will accept pets. 

Currently, localized flooding is occurring throughout the county, particularly in Santa Margarita and Los Osos. Any resident with flooding or who is displaced from their home is welcome at the shelter. 

La Cruz Roja Americana está abriendo un refugio para los residentes desplazados debido a las inundaciones. El refugio estará ubicado en San Luis High School, 1499 San Luis Drive en San Luis Obispo. El refugio abrirá a las 3 pm y aceptará mascotas.

Actualmente, se están produciendo inundaciones localizadas en todo el condado, particularmente en Santa Margarita y Los Osos. Cualquier residente con inundaciones o que se encuentre desplazado de su hogar es bienvenido en el albergue.


Storm Updates

  • The National Weather Service expects to receive 1” - 2” of rain by this evening, with up to 1/2” per hour. There is a possibility of thunderstorms tonight. 
  • There will be a lull in the rain after tonight with rain expected to pick up again tomorrow evening through Monday. Tomorrow’s system is expected to bring less rain, 1/4” - 3/4”. 
  • There are currently no road closures in Arroyo Grande nor are any anticipated. 
  • Valley Rd and Castillo Del Mar drainage is allowing for water flow and is not flooded at this time. El Camino Real and Oak Park drainage is also flowing and not flooding at this time. 
  • Corbett Canyon Rd at the intersection of Printz and Corbett Canyon remains closed by the County. 
  • Warming shelters are open for the duration of these rain storms. 
  • High winds are a concern and may cause falling trees and debris. The situation will be closely monitored throughout the day. 
  • Continuous work is occurring on the levee in Oceano, and officials are monitoring it closely for possible evacuations.



El Camino Real is open and the City will continue to monitor flooding in the area - closure is possible tomorrow morning as a few hours of consistent rain are anticipated. 

Press Release: City of Arroyo Grande Provides Clarification Regarding Arroyo Grande Creek Levee Evacuation

Expansion of Evacuation Warning Area: North of the Levee (Oceano Area). 

This expansion does not directly impact within City limits of Arroyo Grande.

An Evacuation Warning has been issued for residents in the Oceano Area near the Arroyo Grande Creek Levee due to the incoming storms, potential flooding, or overtopping of the levee.  Residents are urged to be prepared to evacuate should the situation worsen.  Should an evacuation be necessary, an Evacuation Order will be issued.

Residents should prepare their families and pets.  Pack essential items such as clothes and medication for a few days. 

Areas Include:

North of the Arroyo Grande Creek Levee

South of Wilshire Ave, Hwy 1, and Pier Ave

East of Strand Way

Plus North of HWY 1, West of 21st, South of Ocean St



Nevada Street temporary closure.

Reopened at 3:40pm with localized coned off area in the street.

After evaluation and video analysis no sinkhole conditions found. The cause was found to be shallow surface drainage underneath the asphalt causing structural pavement damages. The large volume of storm water drainage undermined sections of private property and went underground and under the street. Curbing of the drainage at 2 locations and filling and patching the asphalt will be done over the coming weeks.



12:21 PM: Branch Mill is now reopened. 
Valley Road has been reopened. 
Swinging Bridge remains closed due to damage.
SLO County Office of Education: public schools are closed today with a goal of reopening tomorrow.



Due to the storm, road closures are occurring in Arroyo Grande. Contact the City to notify of flooding, roads blocked, etc. Please note, flooding will be prioritized to maintain City infrastructure.

Branch Mill Rd is closing from Cherry Ln to Coach Rd.
The Emergency Alert regarding an Evacuation Order refers to Oceano south side of the creek. AG agricultural lands, businesses, a horse facility, and rv park. CAL FIRE are evacuating citizen. (See photo in comments)
** One shelter location identified by the Red Cross: Church of the Nazarene, 3398 Johnson Avenue in San Luis Obispo.
Less than 100 sandbags are still available to Arroyo Grande residents, which can be picked up at the Police Dept., 200 N Halcyon Rd. Sand is available at the City's Corporation Yard 1375 Ash Street.
View road closures in Arroyo Grande and SLO County at
Power Outages: PG&E customers can get updates on outages in their neighborhood through a variety of channels. Call 1-800-743-5002, access our Electric Outage Map online, or login to your account and sign up for alerts from PG&E.
Flooded area at Equestrian and Noyes. Signs are being posted.
Valley Rd at Castillo Del Mar will be closed, with a detour routing traffic from Highway 1 to Halcyon.
El Camino Real from Oak Park to Robles Rd is still closed.

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