Mechanical film cameras could keep on clicking in the rain. Photographers would try to keep them dry but you could usually towel them off and keep going.
Modern digital models are handy but water can ruin the party. Plastic bags and gaffer's tape are part of the rainy day equipment of today.
In 1978 a good sized storm hit the Central Coast. The storms of 1969 and 1973 would be bigger but the winter of '78 had a good run.
Rainfall was 3 inches over normal for the season to date but it seemed to arrive in big packages.
Quoting from the unbylined Telegram-Tribune article Jan. 17, 1978:
"The heaviest rains so far this winter flooded parts of San Luis Obispo and Atascadero Monday and blocked roads throughout the county.
San Luis Obispo was hit hard by intense showers that dropped 1.7 inches of rain on the city between noon and 1— and, in 24 hours, 3.99 inches."
San Luis Creek jumped 4 feet over its banks and Higuera Street became a part of the creek until water subsided.
As always the Twin Bridges flooded between Los Osos and Morro Bay.
Lightning strikes in Nipomo Mesa knocked out power for about 6,000 PG&E customers and phone service was slow due to water in lines and high usage.
Authorities had the epic Jan. 19 1973 flood and the over week-long rains of 1969 to measure against and this was not that flood.