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Stay Dry

Just want to take a moment and reinforce what John LIndsey discussed on Friday’s show — get ready for major rainstorms throughout the week.

As I sit here in Nipomo, it has been raining all day. John says this will continue through Monday, with a brief break Monday evening, followed by a second major storm on Tuesday. A third major storm — expected to be the worst — follows on Wednesday and Thursday. All told, we’re expecting about 5 to 10 inches of rain before next weekend.

If it’s any consolation, be glad you’re not in southern California — they’re going to get hit far worse.

So stock on supplies, drive carefully, and expect power outages. We’ll be providing regular weather and emergency information throughout the week on both my show and the Morning News with King Harris.

Stay dry.

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  1. January 18, 2010 at 6:23 am

    I spoke to you and John Lindsay regarding flying on Thursday. John asked about flooding in Los Osos. That brought to mind a story you might be interested in. In December 1968, my family from Colorado came out for Christmas. My husband's family was here as well. The Christmas holiday was beautiful so we took them on a tour of the county, especially since my family had never been here. One of the places we took them to see was the new dam that was being built above Arroyo Grande (Lopez). According to the critics this was a terribly expensive "boondoggle", unnecessary waste of tax-payers' money, "won't fill up in 30 years as there is not enough water to fill it up", etc. When we saw it at Christmas, there was a trickle of water in the dam. By the end of January (If I remember correctly) the water was flowing over the spillway. We had over 40" of rain that year, so the run-off was tremendous. Just think of the flooding Arroyo Grande would have had if the dam had not been there. Downtown San Luis Obispo flooded on January 19. The creek came over the bridge on Santa Rosa, flooded down Higuera and Marsh and flooded out the Cal Trans lot and supply area. Cars were submerged under the Johnson Ave. overpass. Homes were flooded in the Laguna area, damage was severe in a lot of areas. I purchased a booklet for $1.00 that has pictures and articles about the 100-year storm. I don't know if there is any way to get a copy now, but it was published by David Ranns and printed by Blake Printery. Photographs were by Dave Ethridge and David Ranns. It is a very interesting. If it is available I think you would like looking at it.

  2. January 18, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Highway 1 was closed in Oceano tonight due to flooding. Be careful!

  3. January 18, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I got a pamphlet from the county with instructions in the event of flooding. The map shows my house being about 150 feet from the high water mark. Now that is scary!

  4. January 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Tom, you live in a 100 year fllod plain. What did you expect?

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