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Mayor tours damage caused from rainwater, mud 

Mud piled up on 12th and Olive. Photo by Skye Ravy.

Mud piled up on 12th and Olive. Photo by Skye Ravy.

– Paso Robles Mayor Steve Martin did a tour this morning of the areas in the city most affected by the recent record-breaking storm. In the area of Olive Street, particularly from 8th to 12th streets, rainwater caused massive erosion from the mountain that the streets are adjacent to, and flowed down the hill towards the river, leaving piles of mud in the wake.

“I wanted to come out here and get a better idea of where the really hard hit areas were,” said Martin. He explained that the runoff was something that happens in most large scale rain events, and that the city will have to asses the damage before it comes up with any solutions, as well as begin their clean-up efforts for the mud that is on city streets.

Long term solutions would include ways to both protect personal property, as well as potentially collect storm water to use as drought relief. “I think people saw hundreds of thousands of gallons of water run down the hill and thought, ‘Why aren’t we collecting this,'” said Martin. “The solutions to this issue will be very long term, and probably in the tens of millions of dollars, but it’s something that we as the city need to look at.”

Mud on 12th street 2

Mud on 12th

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