Severe Weather Causes California Camping Closures
Severe weather conditions moving through Central and Southern California have forced the closure of camping at popular locations along the Southern San Luis Obispo County coastline. However, it is hoped that this weather will pass through by tonight (Dec. 22), allowing for a reopening in time for the popular Christmas holiday weekend, according to a release from the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
Camping at Oceano Dunes State Vehicle Recreation Area, and both Pismo State Beach, North Beach Campground, and the Oceano Campground, has been closed due to hazardous weather conditions until further notice. This action is necessary because of the heavy rains since Sunday, which has caused flooding and access problems at these sites, and the prediction of more heavy rains early today that will add to the existing flooding problems.
The Oceano Dunes is also closed to vehicles, though walkers still have access, said Brent Marshall, chief ranger for the Oceano Dunes District.
About 50 to 60 people have been notified that their upcoming reservations to camp in one of the three areas may be affected, said Brent Marshall, chief ranger for the Oceano Dunes District, though to what degree depends on the severity of Tuesday night’s storm, the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported. “If the ground gets really saturated, then it’s going to be a lot more work to get the campgrounds open for the holiday weekend,” Marshall said
State Parks employees are working to clean up the campgrounds and reopen them in time for the Christmas weekend.