Kings River Continues to Flood Mobile Home Parks

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. - Residents near the Kings River, in Kingsburg and Minkler, are still dealing with the flooding. Water releases from Pine Flat Dam have gone down.

Residents forced to evacuate found refuge at Reedley High School. Jonathan Klassen lives at the River Bend RV Park, but he has called the American Red Cross shelter at RHS home for the past week.
 
"When it finally got to where you're stepping out of your trailer and then into the water, and you're ankle deep already, that was it," said Klassen of when he knew it was time to evacuate.
 
Klassen's cat was at the shelter as well. He said he's grateful pets were accepted too.
 
Naomi Flam is the Founder/CEO of the Central California Animal Disaster Team. She said, "We know that people would probably not evacuate and could risk their lives if they cannot take their animals with them."
 
All the resources at the shelter are donated. Joe Arruda works at RHS, and is the Disaster Preparedness Chair of the local chapter of the Lions Club. The Lions Club teamed up with the Red Cross to make sure evacuees were taken care of.
 
Arruda stated, "Our district itself has 62 clubs. So, these clubs are calling in, they're donating money, they're bringing food, they're providing some time."
 
The shelter at RHS could sleep up to 200 people, but only 20 evacuees have needed their services thus far. Arruda said he understands it's hard being forced out of your home.
 
"There's a saying - where there's a need, there's a Lion. And that's what we do, provide services," commented Arruda.
 
Klassen said he looks forward to getting back to River Bend as soon as the water is cleared up.
 
"When it's safe, when it's safe. I'm not gonna try to be, you know, tough guy and go out there before it's ready. I'm just gonna follow the rules," ended Klassen.
 
If you would like to help those affected by the flood, you can donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. For more information, click here.

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