Hwy. 1 through Oceano flooded, but still open

Oceano Nursery owner Bill Bookout said that water has pooled on Highway 1 outside his business at 1311 Paso Robles St. along the community’s main drag – and that a cyclist trying to make it through the water fell multiple times and became drenched today.

“This guy is sopping,” Bookout said.

Bookout said that water has entered the front part of his property, but not the building.

For years, Bookout has voiced his concerns over the flooding at his business. He said today that Caltrans enlarged a drainage inlet near his property and removed two eucalyptus trees last summer that have helped eliminate the flooding problem at his business.

The roadway hasn’t been closed outside Oceano Nursery, Bookout said, but Caltrans has signs out warning people of the flooded area.