As Santa Barbara County once again braces for potential floods and mudslides, hotels in San Luis Obispo are again opening their doors to displaced residents.
On Thursday, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff issued a mandatory evacuation order for parts of Santa Barbara County, with 6 p.m. serving as the deadline to leave. That coincides with the period of time when the incoming storm is expected to intensify; rainfall could reach the half-inch-per-hour rate and trigger mudslides.
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San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Molly Kern wrote in a statement that “SLO expects another influx of evacuees with the rains in Santa Barbara County and we want to help.”
The chamber has created a website where evacuees can find city hotels offering discounted rates. Some of the hotels listed Thursday morning included the Apple Farm Inn, Madonna Inn and Embassy Suites. Evacuees can also call 877-756-8696 “for help finding a place to stay and any other resources they might need while away from home,” Kern wrote.