Flooding forces mandatory evacuation at Riverland RV Resort

KINGSBURG, Calif. - The evidence is everywhere of melting snow at higher elevations. As more and more water is flowing downstream, the Riverland RV Resort and Mobile Home Park, near Kingsburg, is now under a mandatory evacuation.

The Kings River level is rising and spilled over the bank dangerously close to the homes.

Tulare County Fire Officials telling residents they need to be out of their homes by 8 p.m., Monday, because they are shutting off all the power.

Tulare County Fire said as of Monday morning the water has moved in at least a hundred feet closer inside the park.

But residents were allowed to go into their homes for just a few hours to take their personal belongings and in some cases, moving their home out of the park.

Trailers and tractors sat in a body of water. The Kings River quickly creeping up to the back steps of homes that sit between the river and a small pond.

"That waters coming in, there ain't no stopping it," James Ruiz, a resident, said.

Nearly 300 people displaced after the river started overflowing, Sunday.

"We're stressed out, there's no place like home," Ruiz said.  

Ruiz started packing up all his belongings, piling them on top of his bed, moving it to high ground.

Tulare County Fire said residents were given a mandatory evacuation notice because of the rapid water increase.

"The water is coming in and to describe it best for the viewer this is like a peninsula and so the water has ultimately taken over that peninsula of dry land that these folks are living on and it's moving up and we see it increase every night and the river is moving really fast," Capt. Joe Rosa with Tulare County Fire Department, said.

Residents scrabbling fast in the triple digit heat to get what they can out.

"I just finished moving my stuff here this weekend," Alisha Kelly, a resident, said.

Kelly said she just moved from Sacramento and now has to decide if she should relocate her home.

"I got here friday early afternoon and the water has moved every hour basically," Kelly said. "So, we're just riding it out here until we decide whether we want the cabin moved"

Tulare County Fire said the shelter Red Cross provided in Dinuba has been closed temporarily because no one was using it but said they are available to those who need help.

Tulare County Fire said they now have to wait for water to recede. They are also working with the Environmental Health Department to test the water for contamination.


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