Storm radar forecast from the National Weather Service on January 9, 2018.

Local Aid Sent to Neighboring Santa Barbara County for Storm Response

Author: Office of Emergency Services
Date: 1/9/2018 3:58:47 PM

Although we braced for storm impacts last night, our County has only confirmed minor impacts. Meanwhile, the County of SLO and other local public agencies and private companies have provided assistance to Santa Barbara County.

Some areas of SLO County experienced minor flooding and a flash flood warning was issued for the Alamo burn area, which includes a portion of SLO County. However, there have been no reported impacts from flash flooding in SLO County. There were some minor road impacts in SLO County due to flooding, including a short-term closure by Caltrans of Highway 1 in Oceano.

Tragically, neighboring Santa Barbara County has confirmed  eight deaths and 25 injuries due to the storm, as of early Tuesday afternoon. At the same time, heroic first responders in Santa Barbara County are reported to have performed 50 rescues, with rescue efforts continuing. Many agencies, including the County of SLO, are helping Santa Barbara County respond to the storm.

Here are some of the ways some public agencies and private companies in SLO County are helping our neighbor to the south:

  • Four local ambulances (from San Luis Ambulance) were provided for mutual aid assistance to Santa Barbara County.
  • Local law enforcement agencies, including the County of San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office, are providing mutual aid to Santa Barbara County. Approximately 40 law enforcement personnel from the Sheriff's Office and allied agencies throughout the County plus members of the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team. Many have already arrived on scene and are responding to the incident.
  • Local fire agency resources are also providing mutual aid. This includes the County Fire Department (CALFIRE SLO) and San Miguel Fire, as well as the cities of Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, and Paso Robles.  A local Cal Fire engine strike team (5 fire engines), Cal Fire hand crews, as well as individual resources were also provided to fill various overhead and support roles, among other resources.

This assistance is provided by the County and other organizations via statewide mutual plans.

PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey said 24-hour rainfall totals ending at 5:00 a.m. this morning for SLO County, were:

  • Oeano 1.54"
  • Avila Valley 2.02"
  • Rocky Butte 3.31"
  • Camp San Luis 2.52"
  • Atascadero 1.42"
  • Paso Robles Airport 1.51"
  • Lopez Lake 2.08"
  • Shandon 1.18"

There is a slight chance of showers in SLO Count for the rest of the day, including a 20% chance before 10 p.m. There is also a chance of thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. The next rainy period for SLO County may be Jan. 16 through 17, according to Lindsey.

SLO County residents and businesses are encouraged to take the time to prepare for more winter storms.