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Posted on: March 9, 2023

[ARCHIVED] March Storm Info and Resources

Public Works and Fire Department staff on flooded street with fire truck

Residents should be prepared for heavy rains and potential flooding. Pre-emptive road closures planned. Sand is available for sandbags.

Paso Robles, CA. March 9, 2023, 2:00PM – City officials and staff are preparing for a series of two atmospheric river storms forecasted to bring multiple inches of rain each to Paso Robles between Thursday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 15. Please note the following:

Updated 3/10/23, 8:30AM

Storm Info:

  • This storm is now looking very similar to the storm activity we witnessed on January 9 and 10.
  • A flood watch is in effect from 4:00PM Thursday, March 9 until 4:00am Saturday, March 11.
  • Wind Gusts upwards of 50 MPH.
  • Peak rainfall rates expected 8:00AM to noon tomorrow. Could see rain rates as high as ¾ to 1” per hour.
  • Rainfall projections are 2-5 inches through SLO County and 5-10 inches in the NW areas of the County.

Road Closures and Safety Measures:

  • River Road will be preemptively closed to through traffic from Navajo to Creston and Union to River Oaks beginning at 7:00PM on Thursday, March 9 and will reopen when it is safe to do so. Access to businesses along N. River Road just north of Union Road will be maintained, conditions allowing. 
  • The City has sand available for anyone wishing to make sandbags to protect private property. Sand can be found at the City Streets Yard located at 1220 Paso Robles Street. A shovel is onsite, but please bring your own sandbags as they are not available on site. If you need sandbags, as of 7:30AM on 3/9/23, they are available at: Home Depot, Kritz Excavation, Lowes, Miner’s Ace Hardware, Site One Landscaping and Steve Schmidt Topsoil. 
  • Police and Fire personnel are allocating significant resources to advise individuals within the Salinas riverbed to relocate to higher grounds immediately. 
  • Staff and equipment are in place for both storms and prepared to mobilize as conditions dictate. 

*NEW INFO* City Services:

  • All activities at the senior center, recreation classes and library story times are cancelled for today. 
  • The library remains open.
  • Friends of the Library Store is closed.
  • The Library Study Center at 3600 Oak Street is closed. 

Care and Shelter:

Warming centers for the unhoused will be open within Paso Robles over the next several days as follows:   

  • March 9
    • Plymouth Congregation Church (1301 Oak St)
    • Doors open at 6:00PM and dinner will be served
  • March 10 and 11  
    • First United Methodist Church (915 Creston Rd)
    • Doors open at 6:00PM and dinner will be served
  • March 13 and 14 
    • Paso Nazarene Church (530 12th St)
    • Doors open at 6:00PM and dinner will be served

Prepare and Protect:

  • All residents living in an area prone to flooding should have a plan in place on where you will go if you need to evacuate. Plan for your pets and any medication or items you need to bring with you. 
  • It is strongly advised to avoid driving through, entering, or playing in moving water at all times. 
  • During major storm events, public safety resources are in high demand, avoiding situations that may require an emergency response is a priority. 

Residents needing to report non-emergency storm issues, such as a blocked storm drain or debris blocking safe travel on a City street, should call the non-emergency dispatch line at (805) 237-6464. If it is an emergency, dial 9-1-1.  Storm updates will be provided as necessary on and official social media feeds. 


Media Contact: 
Shonna Howenstine, PIO
City of Paso Robles
(805) 227-7276

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