Power outages, car crashes and road closures reported across SLO County after heavy rain

A power outage was affecting 89 PG&E customers northeast of Morro Bay following heavy rain early Monday morning. Elsewhere in San Luis Obispo, authorities were responding to car crashes, flooding and debris on the road.

The power outage, located along Highway 41, began at 10:20 p.m. Sunday, according to PG&E’s outage map. The cause of the outage wasn’t immediately available. By 1 p.m., power had been restored to all but two people.

Beginning early Monday morning, the CHP reported multiple car crashes, as well as flooding and debris on county roads.

A mud slide into the road was reported at Old Creek Road at Whale Rock Reservoir about 4:10 a.m., according to the CHP’s incident information log.

In the North County, flooding was reported at North River Road and Estrella Road just before 5 a.m., according to the CHP, but the incident was no longer listed as of 10 a.m.

Rocks in the road were reported at Highway 46 East, east of the Cholame “Y,” just after 8 a.m.

Flooding was also reported at Highway 58 and Bitterwater Road just before 9 a.m., according to the CHP.

At about 10:25 a.m., San Luis Bay Drive between the bridge east of Highway 101 to Monte Road was closed due to flooding, according to the CHP. By 2:20 p.m., the road had reopened, according to the San Luis Obispo County Public Works Department.

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According to the Public Works Department, Santa Barbara Road at Los Palos Road in Atascadero is closed due to flooding. At about 11:15 a.m., the agency announced that the closure has been extended and the road is now closed between Carmel Road and Santa Clara Road.

Sandoval Road between Santa Clara Road and El Camino Real is closed due to flooding, the Public Works Department said at about 11:15 a.m.

Cholame Valley Road is also closed between Highway 46 and McMillan Canyon Road due to flooding, as is Penman Springs Road north of Linne Road and San Marcos Road east of Wellsona Road, according to the Public Works Department.

Right before 10 a.m., the Public Words Department announced that Shell Creek Road is closed from about 4 miles north of Highway 58 to 1.5 miles south of Truesdale Road due to flooding.

A rollover collision was reported on eastbound Los Osos Valley Road at Turri Road at 8:40 a.m., according to the CHP. No one was injured in the crash, but eastbound lanes are blocked as of 9 a.m. By 11 a.m., the crash was no longer listed on the CHP’s incident information log.

A non-injury crash was also reported on the northbound Highway 101 near the Los Berros off ramp just after 7:30 a.m., according to the CHP.

Trees were reportedly down and blocking both lanes in the 4000 block of Shadow Canyon Road, the CHP said at about 3:45 p.m.

Highway 1 between Mud Creek and Paul’s Slide in Big Sur, which has been closed since Friday evening, remains closed through Monday, Caltrans said. The agency said the road will be closed until further notice.

The rain also had local rivers swelling; Paso Robles emergency personnel conducted a water rescue in the Salinas River Monday, when a woman was found “crying for help” and surrounded by water and debris. 

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.