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Cal Poly dorm still evacuated, road closures, outages continue — and more rain is on the way

Cal Poly dormitory remains threatened by unstable hillside

Crews cut two almost-150-foot eucalyptus trees that were threatening to fall into the Fremont Hall dormitory at Cal Poly on Saturday, February 19, 2017. The dorm is still threatened, because the hillside behind the dormitory continues to shift.
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Crews cut two almost-150-foot eucalyptus trees that were threatening to fall into the Fremont Hall dormitory at Cal Poly on Saturday, February 19, 2017. The dorm is still threatened, because the hillside behind the dormitory continues to shift.
 

San Luis Obispo County spent a calm Sunday dealing with the effects of storms that battered the Central Coast on Friday and Saturday.

Fremont Hall, a freshman dormitory that houses 271 students, remained evacuated Sunday. Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier said in an email that officials had no timeline on when students would be able to return.

The dorm was cleared out Saturday afternoon after storms caused a nearby hillside to become unstable. Students were evacuated to temporary open housing on campus. Residents who are out of town or who choose to seek shelter somewhere else should notify housing@calpoly.edu, the university said in a statement.

Some roads also remained closed around the county. For most of Sunday, Airport Road at the river crossing just south of Estrella Road in Paso Robles was listed as closed, as was Cholame Valley Road between Highway 46 and McMillan Canyon Road near Shandon, according to the California Highway Patrol. By 5 p.m., those roads were no longer listed as closed by CHP.

In Arroyo Grande, The Pike between Elm Street and Halcyon Road is closed because PG&E is responding to downed power lines, the city said.

As of 4 p.m. Sunday, 2,731 PG&E customers were without power, PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey tweeted.

In Morro Bay, 110 people in the area of Highway 1 and South Bay Boulevard were still without power, according to PG&E outage maps. About 800 people in the area of Highway 227, Corbett Canyon Road and Huasna Road in Arroyo Grande also had not had power restored as of Sunday evening.

But the Sunday calm will be short-lived, and the coming storms are forecast to produce a “marathon period of adverse weather,” Lindsey tweeted.

Beginning Sunday night into Monday morning, a warm front will bring more rain, according to PG&E meteorologist John Lindsey. A cold front will follow Monday night to Tuesday morning, bringing gusts of wind at up to 50 mph and more rain, Lindsey said. That rain will dissipate into scattered showers Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning.

Lindsey said the Central Coast is expected to see a total of 1.75 to 3.25 inches of rain from Sunday evening through Tuesday.

Cal Poly evacuated students living in the Fremont Hall dormitory after the hillside behind the building became destabilized on Saturday, February 18, 2017, after several days of storms. School officials feat that two large eucalyptus trees could f

The creek was raging in its banks on Saturday, February 18, 2017, through downtown San Luis Obispo and was spilling over the roadway on San Luis Bay Drive.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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