“The Kings River has been flooding for the last two to three weeks,” said Randy McFarland, a consultant with the management association. “We haven’t had such a significant water year since 1982 or 1983. It may be the largest ever recorded or observed in modern history.”
Transfer of water to old lake
The Sacramento Area Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on Monday announced steps to transfer rainwater at Pine Flat Dam in Fresno County’s Central Valley to a formerly dry area of Tulare Lake.
California, especially in central and southern parts of the coast, saw up to 80 mm of rain and 120 cm of snow in some places on Tuesday. An evacuation order has also been issued in Tulare County, where the former named lake is located. The U.S. National Weather Service has warned that there is a risk of flooding from Southern California to San Francisco.
Snow and rain have been reported for several weeks in the western United States. The recent storms in California, like others this season, are fed by a gigantic “atmospheric river” of rain that carries water vapor stored in the tropics, mostly around Hawaii.
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