Las inundaciones en Cross Creek causaron daños estructurales en Houston Avenue en el norte del condado de Kings, el viernes 24 de marzo de 2023. Credit: Danielle Bergstrom / Fresnoland

The whole San Joaquin Valley is on the National Weather Service’s flood watch, which means weather conditions “are favorable for flooding.”

The San Joaquin Valley has been hit by 14 atmospheric rivers in 2023, bringing high amounts of precipitation on the valley floor, adding to flooding conditions, along with a record snowpack, which may flood the valley floor as it melts throughout the spring.

With the sun comes more snowmelt – leading to more flooding. The hotter it gets, especially earlier in the spring, the more likely flooding is to occur.

“I think that it’s going to take people by surprise when they see it’s so sunny and they see evacuation orders issued,” said Fresno County Sheriff John Zanoni at a news conference on March 25.

As rain, snow, and flood conditions change, this guide will be updated.

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Tulare County

If you live in parts of Tulare County that are affected by the heavy rain and flooding, here are resources to help you find the support you need. 

The Tulare County flood hotline is open 24 hours a day, at (559) 802-9791. You can get more information on evacuation orders and warnings, road conditions, shelters, water well damage, and property damage assistance.

Do I need to evacuate my home?

As of April 10, the northern section of Highway 43, north of Avenue 144, is under an evacuation order. 

The areas of Alpaugh, Allensworth, Ponderosa, Pine Flat and Johnsondale are under an evacuation warning. St. Johns River and Kings River are closed to the public. 

As of March 29, the communities of Alpaugh, Yokohl, and portions of an area between Tulare and Tipton, portions of Three Rivers, and the western edge of Porterville are under an evacuation order. 

Allensworth, Three Rivers, Teviston, Cutler, Springville, Pine Flat/Deer Creek, and the area near the Kings River Golf Course are under an evacuation warning.

Check the county’s evacuation map or evacuation page for details on which specific streets are affected, or call the 24/7 flood hotline at (559) 802-9791. 

Sign up for automatic text updates from Tulare County officials here as information changes.

Where do I go if I need to evacuate?

Emergency shelters staffed by the American Red Cross are located at:

  • California National Guard Armory 29 N. Plano St., Porterville
  • Exeter Veterans Memorial Building 324 N Kaweah Ave, Exeter
  • Porterville College Gym 100 E College Ave, Porterville
  • Tulare Fairgrounds 215 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue, Tulare (Gate 7, Building 5) 

If you have large animals or livestock, there are special locations to evacuate animals. 

Tulare County emergency shelters for small livestock

For sheep, goats, pigs, etc:

Tulare County Fairgrounds

620 South K Street in Tulare

Enter in Gate 7 off Martin Luther King Jr Ave.

Animals can be dropped off between the hours of 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tulare County emergency shelter for large livestock

For cows, horses, and other large livestock, submit a natural disaster evacuation – Housing Request form.

How Can I get help with cleaning debris from my property?

Tulare County, in partnership with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is launching a debris removal program for residents who have been impacted by flooding.

County staff will pick up and dispose of debris and damaged furniture set out and sorted by residents,  including:

  • Large appliances (stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, washer/dryer)
  • Electronics (television, computer, stereo)
  • Vegetative debris (tree branches, leaves, logs, plants)
  • Construction debris (drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, plumbing)
  • Hazardous waste (oil, paint, pesticide, batteries, cleaning supplies) 

Also: 

  • Do not place debris near trees, poles, fire hydrants, meters or other structures
  • Do not touch, cut, remove or place debris on downed power lines.  

All county residents are eligible. For  more details, call the Tulare County flood hotline which is open 24 hours a day, at (559) 802-9791.


How can I prepare for future flooding?

Stay clear of rivers, canals, creeks, and other waterways, and observe road closures. Even just a few feet of water can be very dangerous. 

County officials are also providing sandbags at the following locations:

  • Dinuba- Fire Station 3, 40404 Road 80, Dinuba, CA 93618
  • Cutler Orosi- Fire Station 4, 40779 Road 128, Cutler, CA 93615
  • Three Rivers- Fire Station 14, 41412 S. Fork Dr. Three Rivers, CA 93271
  • Lindsay- Fire Station 15, 19603 Ave 228, Lindsay, CA 93247
  • West Olive- Fire Station 19, 22315 Ave 152, Porterville, CA 93257
  • Doyle Colony- Fire Station 20, 1551 Success Dr. Porterville, CA 93257
  • Pixley- Fire Station 27, 200 N. Park Dr.  Pixley, CA 93256
  • Alpaugh- Fire Station 9, 3939 Ave 54, Alpaugh, CA  93201
  • Earlimart – Fire Station 28, 808 E. Washington Ave,  Earlimart, CA 93219
  • Lemon Cove- Fire Station 13, 32490 CA 198, Lemon Cove, CA 93286

Fresno County

For Fresno County residents who are impacted by the heavy rain and flooding, below are resources to help you find the support you need. 

Sign up for automatic text updates from Fresno County officials here as information changes.

Do I need to evacuate my home?

There are no areas in Fresno County under an evacuation order at this time. 

While the county has lifted Evacuation warnings are in place for the communities of Firebaugh, Shaver Lake, Auberry, Dunlap, Yokuts Valley, Hume Lake, and Piedra, as of March 27.

Check the county’s evacuation map for details on which specific streets are affected.

Where do I go if I need to evacuate?

Fresno County emergency shelter is located at:

  • Sanger Community Center 730 Recreation Ave, Sanger

Fresno County emergency shelter for small livestock

  • Sanger Community Center 730 Recreation Ave, Sanger

Hours Open:  8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

After hours, text to 866-333-3822 for assistance

Fresno County emergency shelter for large livestock

For cows, horses:

Gate 10 at the Fresno Fairgrounds (Horse Stables). 

1535 S Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93702

Drop-off hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bedding and alfalfa will be provided.

After hours contact – 559-994-3108.

If you would like to remain onsite at the Fresno Fairgrounds with your livestock, there are a limited number of sheltering trailers available for livestock owners. To qualify to stay in a sheltering trailer, you must be sheltering your livestock animals on site. 

My home and/or business flooded. Where can I get help?

If your property is damaged, county officials are asking residents to fill out a property damage form immediately. Filling out the form is not an offer of financial assistance, but helps officials make the case to state and federal government that more support is needed.

Link to Fresno County property damage form

How can I prepare for future flooding?

Stay clear of rivers, canals, creeks, and other waterways, and observe road closures. Even just a few feet of water can be very dangerous. 

County officials are also providing sandbags at the following locations:

Fresno County sandbag locations

Bring your own shovel. Fill bag ½ to ¾ full. 

  • Auberry: Area 11 — 33148 Auberry Road (Only 7 a.m. -3 p.m.)
  • Biola area, Area 4 Road Yard — 12855 West “G” Street (24 hours)
  • Fresno/Clovis area,  Area 7 Road Yard — 9400 N Matus Ave (24 hours)
  • Sanger area,  Area 8 Road Yard — 9525 E Olive Ave (24 hours)
  • Caruthers: Area 5 — 2544 W Mountain View Ave (24 hours)
  • Fresno — 1730 S. Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93702 (24 hours)
  • Dunlap: Public Works Yard— 40315 Dunlap Road, Dunlap, CA 93621 (24 hours)
  • Tollhouse: Fresno County Fire Station #75 — 27595 Tollhouse Road (24 hours)
  • Tranquility: Tranquility High School — 6052 Juanche St, Tranquility, CA 93668 (24 hours)
  • Mendota: City Public Works Yard— 1300 2nd St, Mendota, CA 93640 (24 hours)

Kings County

If you live in parts of Kings County that are affected by the heavy rain and flooding, here are resources to help you find the support you need. 

Sign up for automatic text updates from Kings County officials here as information changes.

Do I need to evacuate my home?

While flooding has caused many road closures near Corcoran, there are no evacuation orders or warnings in place at this time in Corcoran or other parts of Kings County. 

Check the county’s evacuation map for updates. The Sheriff will knock on your door if evacuation is needed.

Where do I go if I need to evacuate?

There are no evacuation centers set up in Kings County, currently.

My home and/or business flooded. Where can I get help?

If your property is damaged, county officials are asking residents to fill out a property damage form immediately. Filling out the form is not an offer of financial assistance, but helps officials make the case to state and federal government that more support is needed.

Link to Kings County property damage form (English) (Spanish)

How can I prepare for future flooding?

Stay clear of rivers, canals, creeks, and other waterways, and observe road closures. Even just a few feet of water can be very dangerous. 

County officials are also providing sandbags at the following locations:

Kings County sandbag locations

Bring your own shovel. Fill bag ½ to ¾ full. 

  • City of Hanford 900 S. 10th Ave. 7 a.m. through 8 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • City of Corcoran 750 North Ave. 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday-Friday
  • City of Lemoore Corner of F. St. and Fox St. open Monday-Sunday
  • City of Avenal 108 W Kings St, Avenal, CA 93204 Monday-Sunday
  • County of Kings 10871 Bonneyview Lane, Hanford CA, 24-hour access

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Gregory Weaver is a staff writer for Fresnoland who covers the environment, air quality, and development.

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