Kings River evacuation still in effect

The evecauation closed part of a mobile home park Tuesday

MINKLER, California - Flooding along the Kings River still has many in Kings Canyon on edge – especially in Riverbend Mobile Home Park.
 
The park is near Minkler on east Kings Canyon Road. The evacuations are still just in the rear part of the property. The whole section is completely closed off.
 
The evacuation order affects 12 homes right now; there are 39 homes in total.

When the river first began to overflow, Jonathan Klassen wasn't too worried.

"I was thinking we won't have to walk so far to go and fish, or go just dangle your feet in the creek," said Klassen.

Then the mandatory evacuation order was issued Tuesday by the Fresno County Sheriff's Office in his part of the park. He and the couple he lives with toughed it out, but by Wednesday morning they took refuge at the emergency shelter at Reedley High School.

"We're hoping something can become available really fast, really quickly for a few of us to stay at," said Klassen.

The river is currently running more than 13,000 cubic feet per second, which is 5,000 more cubic feet per second than at the same time last month when the sheriff's office closed off recreational river access.

The water is creeping toward the front of the park, now bringing a little paranoia to the people there. Martyn Carroll was fixing up his truck Wednesday morning, wanting to get it out before the river does.
 
"I don't want it to get ruined, so if I don't get in here and get it out of here, by the time the water keeps going up, I don't know what's going to happen," said Martyn Carroll.
 
The Fresno County Sheriff's Office is here enforcing the closure and monitoring the situation.
 
There are currently nine people staying at the emergency shelter at Reedley High School. The Central California Animal Disaster Team has also set up a shelter for household animals at the school.


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