City explains why Kingsburg neighborhood flooded


A neighborhood in Kingsburg had some major flooding to deal with on Friday. 

The city says a ponding basin overflowed, filling a handful of streets with water near Madsen and Kamm Avenues.

Equipment sucked water from the streets while one resident snapped photos of the unexpected sight.

“I was definitely shocked,” said Chelsea Amparan. “I was just opening up all the blinds to let the light in and I saw that the whole street was covered in water.”

Amparan noticed the flooding in her cul-de-sac around 7:30 Friday morning. 

“I was wondering how clean the water… like where the water came from,” Amparan explained.

The city says a ponding basin which can hold over 3,000,000 million gallons of water, overflowed.

Lots of rain and a water delivery to a local farmer caused a handful of streets in the North Hampton Estates neighborhood to be filled instead. 

“What happens is there are pipes that are underground here so usually it’s draining to the basin,” explained Kingsburg City Manager, Alex Henderson. “It was working in reverse right, so the water got too high and started to force water back.” 

Crews pumped the water to the sewer line to fix the problem.

“My husband said our property value went up because now we have lake front property,” Amparan joked.

Luckily, there was no damage but to prevent this in the future the city already has some plans.

“I think everybody knows now how much water can be delivered so it’s a conversation with the irrigation district and then just developing some more spillways down the line,” Amparan concluded.

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