Charlie Hood, owner of the Hood Company in Santa Maria, walked into his store during yesterday’s rainstorm only to find a small portion of his roof collapsed.
“The rain had come through and knocked the ceiling tile down and there was water dripping,” said Hood.
“The roof’s actually leaking up there and there’s a drain problem,” said Tim Brown of Brown’s Roofing Co.
“We had a couple of spots up there in the tiles and we could never figure out where it was coming from,” he said.
Brown added that after a rainstorm, his roofing business will receive many calls from business owners and homeowners with complaints of a leaky roof.
“I’ve been to at least fifteen houses in the last day and a half, me and the guys,” Brown said.
“You’re not really thinking about your roof too much until you notice stains on the ceiling or water coming in,” he said.
City of Santa Maria, Water Resources Manager, Shannon Sweeney explained that even with the steady rain that fell in Santa Maria, the storm drains held up well.
“We prepare for every storm that comes through, we watch the weather very carefully,” Sweeney said.
The city has twenty regional public basins where rainwater collects.
“All of these basins are designed with larger inlets thanoutlets,” said Sweeney.
This drainage system allows the rainwater to drain out of the streets and collect underground.
Maintaining the groundwater levels and preventing any type of flooding during a storm.