Humans like to build on flat level land. Problem is the water likes it too.
We can go decades between floods in San Luis County but when a cloud bursts the results can be swift. Any time rain falls faster than one inch per hour flooding is likely to follow. Parts of South Higuera Street are the overflow for San Luis Creek at times like these.
Here photographer Tony Hertz got his feet wet for this photo. The creek was 4 feet over its banks when almost 4 inches fell in 24 hours and a drenching 1.7 inches fell in one hour alone. In modern times flooding in 1969 and 1973 were of a higher magnitude. I haven’t seen anything approaching this since 1995.
This storm seemed to be narrowly focused, with flooding reported in San Luis, Los Osos and Atascadero. Schools were closed in the Atascadero Unified district but were expected to open the next day.