‘Big Melt’ flowing into Tulare Lake may be less dramatic – and damaging – than initially thought, says state officials
New maps show that Corcoran, Stratford may be saved, thanks in part to a raised levee.
Battle of the berms: Farmers build maze of levees to protect land as ‘Big Melt’ heads for Tulare Lake
Growers and water managers in the Tulare Lake area have been moving mountains of dirt to beef up levees and build entirely new ones as they brace for snowmelt this summer. A string of storms in March battered the region, blowing out levees and overwhelming infrastructure as flood water plowed through homes, dairies and crops.…
Central Valley town seeks $20 million for flood recovery. Will Gavin Newsom fund it?
A new analysis from UC Merced shows many residents of Planada, California did not qualify for federal disaster assistance following floods.
Corcoran is raising their levee, again. But the ground is sinking.
Subsidence, caused by too much groundwater pumping, is causing a recurring, multimillion dollar headache for local flood officials. The HSR Authority’s engineers predicted this.
Who’s in charge? Agencies deal with fragmented flood response in the south San Joaquin Valley
In the fragmented system of the southern valley, it’s up to the county governments to act as the glue between the patchwork of different agencies.
Will the biggest snowpack since 1895 flood Fresno this spring? Not likely.
While valley emergency managers prepare for flooding from a historic snowpack, residents in Fresno and Clovis shouldn’t have much to worry about, according to the region’s top flood operator.
The big melt: San Joaquin Valley eyes historic snowpack with trepidation
A historic snowmelt is coming. But emergency service managers hare having a difficult time identifying predicting which areas could be hit hardest.
In defense of tomatoes: “Wherever it isn’t going to flood, we’re going to try to farm.” – Boswell president
Representatives of the J.G. Boswell Company defended both the agricultural giant’s handling of flood water so far and its tomato plantings at the Kings County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday. In an impromptu discussion during public comments, Phil Hansen, with Hansen Ranches, again noted that areas of Boswell land deep in the old Tulare Lake bed remained dry…
How a Central Valley school district prepares for the terrifying threat of disastrous flooding
Six of seven schools in Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School are located in what the Federal Emergency Management Agency considers high-risk territory — a distinction that it shares with about 4 percent of schools in California. That is due to the unsatisfactory condition of local levees, according to state data.
Isabella Dam safety project done just in time for record snowpack
With a snowpack at 422% of normal, the reservoir is expected to hit its full capacity of 568,000 acre feet, and then some. Water content in Kern River watershed is estimated at 1.8 million acre feet, which means even at full capacity, Isabella Lake will have to empty and refill several times.
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