With the arrival of a powerful storm, the City of Santa Maria has so far closed five roads due to temporary street flooding – and also is asking the public to stay off of City athletic fields, where much of the runoff is collected.2013-city-of-santa-maria-logo-color

Santa Maria has already received 1.2 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. The forecast calls for the most intense rainfall between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. today. Winds may cause downed tree limbs. Free sand is available at five locations in the City (see link). Residents must purchase and bring their own sand bags.

The following City streets are closed (the first three are on the west side):

  • Betteravia Road between Mahoney and Black roads;
  • Black Road between Main Street (Highway 166) and Betteravia Road;
  • West Stowell between Hanson and Black Road;
  • Sonya Lane between Depot Street and Thornburg Street; and
  • East Jones Street between Bradley Road and Suey Road.

To protect the Hancock Park neighborhood from street flooding caused by rain over the next several days, on Thursday (yesterday) the City’s Public Works Department again placed a temporary dam called a “muscle wall” on East Jones Street – closing off Farrell Drive and Marian Drive. Muscle wall is a tough plastic barrier that can be filled with water and connected by sections to form a temporary dam in order to divert water flow. Placement of these barrier walls should help guide the water away, alleviating flooding concerns in the adjacent neighborhood.

Residents are also requested to stay off the City athletic fields through Sunday, February 26th (a week from now) because the ground is saturated. This is for safety, and to avoid causing damage.

Questions may be directed to the City Manager’s Office, 925-0951 ext. 2372.

Department:                             City Manager’s Office

Contact Person:                      Mark van de Kamp, PIO/Management Analyst II

Telephone Number:                  (805) 925-0951 ext. 2372 or 720-4038

E-mail Address:                        mvandekamp@cityofsantamaria.org