North Fork Residents on High Alert After Heavy Rain and Snow melt Causes Rivers to Overflow


NORTH FORK, Calif. — North Fork residents are on high alert as rivers and streams may overflow.

The heavy rain and snow could cause the Bass Lake Dam to reach spill levels.

On top of that extra water,  the drops are causing the snow pack to melt. PG & E  released warnings saying the Bass Lake Dam could reach spill levels on Thursday.

“When the lake reaches a certain elevation it automatically goes through the spillway,” said Denny Boyles, PG&E.

The extra water moves it’s way down to North Fork through creeks and rivers and residents there are keeping a close eye on the rising levels.

“It is always a concern,” said Lydia Saldana, resident 

The swift waters are moving closer to Lydia Saldana’s house and it reminds her of the last serious rainfall a few years ago.

“It went up in the house over into the streets,” Saldana. 

She said it damaged parts of her house forcing her and her family to evacuate.

“The garage did have some electrical issues that happened so we don’t have electricity in their anymore,” said Saldana. 

Other residents in North Fork aren’t concerned

“It doesn’t worry us too much we have been through storms like this,” said Kristina Delk, North Fork residents. 

Now though Saldana is packed and ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

 “It is what it is and we just deal with it,” said Saldana. 

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