The heat is melting more snow from the Sierra Nevada Mountains into our rivers, causing flooding and even forcing evacuations in our area.
The floodings happened at Riverland RV Resort south of Kingsburg and at River Bend and Kings Canyon RV Park close to Minkler. Both are along the Kings River.
Ben Yeager had been living in Riverland for the past three weeks. The overflowing river made the dad’s Father’s Day anything but calm.
“We didn’t know [the Kings River] was going to rise. We knew the river was closed because of the high water, but we didn’t think it was going to get higher than what it was. We didn’t expect this at all,” said Yeager.
The Tulare County Fire Department first got calls for the flooding around 8 a.m. According to Capt. Joe Rosa, water has been released from Pine Flat Dam to allow runoff at the lake.
However, the increase in water is putting the river over its limit. Rosa said water rose around 25 feet in 12 hours. The flooding at Riverland caused a mandatory evacuation order to be put in place. An emergency shelter was created at the Memorial Building in Dinuba for evacuees.
Crews worked fast to try and prevent any more damage by putting down sandbags.
At River Bend and Kings Canyon RV Park, the flooding wasn’t as serious. No damage was reported and no evacuation orders were made.
With our waters overflowing, Rosa reminds us to stay out of the water.
“We don’t need an additional emergency by folks getting in the river to try to stay cool,” said Rosa.