Floodwater caused by Kings River overflow begins to recede

Residents say they fear downed trees and mosquitos in the aftermath

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. - After a week of heavy flooding from the Kings River, water flow from the Pine Flat Dam is decreasing. Now impacted residents are cleaning up the mess. It's at least ten degrees cooler outsider compared to a week ago. The water is moving a bit slower as well which means less water is being released from the dam and less snowpack is melting Now residents who dealt with flooding head on, prepare for the next step.

Jill Rosenberg and Walter Shepard have not forgotten what their backyard looked like just a few days ago. A thriving lake caused by the flooding of the Kings River.

"Created a lot of angst amongst the residents here and hence we probably filled 600 or so sand bags for ourselves as well neighbors," said Rosenberg.

Now the flood water seeps into the ground as flooding comes to a stall. But homeowners fear mosquitoes will become a menace and their large trees could fall like they have in the past because of flooding.

"We had several oaks falling and we had them falling across the creek now. Yes, we have a concern. We have a lot of elderly oaks," said Rosenberg.

Just thirty minutes away, the Kings River Golf Course continued to flood after increased releases from the Pine Flat Dam caused a levee breach. Finally, water levels are starting to come down.

"The danger level right now is less but we still have the ultimate issue, 'is the water going to rise again?,'" said Lonnie Downs, the former president of the Kings River Country Club.

The water also getting lower at Kelly's Beach in Reedley but some homes remain total losses. The bottom floor of one property is completely underwater and now up for sale. Shepard says he hopes the worst of the flooding is over.

"Physically, I'm very relieved because I'm not pumping sand bags and shoveling six hours a day," said Shepard.
 
At last check, the Army Corps of Engineers say the outflow from the Pine Flat Dam is running at 12,200 cubic feet per second. The dam is holding about 95 percent of maximum capacity. 

 


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