Its nervous time for residents in one Oceano neighborhood as the recent storms have floodwaters creeping closer to their homes.
Where Aloha Place meets Honolulu Street near the beach in Oceano, its pilikia, or trouble in Hawaiian.
“This neighborhood I’ve heard is like three feet below sea level actually so its a little nerve-racking with the rains now our neighbors are flooding quite a bit”, says resident Sarah Robinson, “luckily my house is a couple of feet off the ground.”
The recent rain storms have left the secluded beachfront neighborhood swamped.
“Flood gates that are either not open, or are opening and closing, or full of weeds and silt and whatever that is clogging everything up”, says resident Tim Smith.
The water is threatening to inundate homes with more rain on the way.
“Nobody is giving us an answer of what can be done”, says resident Mary Smith, “I’ve called four agencies and no one has answered if there is anything that can be done or forget it and get your furniture out, no one is telling us what to do, we don’t have a clue.”
The lull in the rain has given the water a chance to recede a bit but not much.
“Its stopped for now, but there’s more to come, which is great, we’re in a drought, we really need the rain”, Sarah Robinson says, “but its kind of sad to see the ground is not prepared for it, hopefully we can control the flooding and take on more rains as they come.”