King Incident (Flooding)

Evacuations for Kings River Flooding

June 28, 2017 - This notification is from Tulare County Fire Department, Tulare County Sheriff, and Tulare County Emergency Operations Center. Effective immediately on June 28, officials lifted the mandatory evacuation order for the Riverland Resort. 

Riverland Resort remains closed while repairs are underway and officials anticipate a reopening during the week of July 3. Residents and visitors planning to return should contact Riverland Resort at (559) 897-5166 or (559) 730-8674 for more information.

June 27, 2017 - This notification is from Tulare County Fire Department, Tulare County Sheriff, and Tulare County Emergency Operations Center.

Effective immediately on June 27, officials downgraded the mandatory evacuation order for the Kings River Golf & Country Club area to a voluntary evacuation advisory.  This advisory covers the area of Avenue 393 to Avenue 408 and Road 28 to Road 33. 

Areas west of the Kings River, the area bordered by Kings River Drive, Cypress Avenue, and Bonander Avenue and Highway 201 remains under voluntary evacuation advisory.  These evacuation advisories will remain in place until river flows decrease to normal levels and permanent repairs can be made to river banks.

A mandatory evacuation order remains in effect for the Riverland Resort, as this area remains under water.

Tulare County has two levels of evacuations: voluntary and mandatory. A voluntary evacuation means that residents should either evacuate or be prepared to do so should conditions worsen. Voluntary evacuations require proof of residency to enter. A mandatory evacuation means that residents should evacuate.

For residents returning home the Tulare County Public Health Department strongly advises when returning after a flood to be aware that flood water may contain sewage and other containments. Flood waters and standing waters pose various risks, including infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries. For areas affected by power outages due to flooding, residents should throw away any and all spoiled food, including food in freezers which may have thawed and re-frozen.  

An extensive list of safety measures has been posted by officials on resident’s doors. For further information on safety measures in returning home, please contact Tulare County Public Health or Environmental Health at 800-624-8000.

June 24, 2017 - About 90 homes near the Kings River Golf Course are under a mandatory evacuation order since 11:55 p.m. Friday due to the increased snow melt run-off flowing into local reservoirs and the related necessary flood control releases. Parts of the golf course are under 10 feet of standing water.

The Kings River has breached and flood waters are affecting the following areas which are under a mandatory evacuation order:

Avenue 408 to Avenue 400 and Road 28 to Road 32/Jasper Drive

Avenue 393 to Avenue 400, east of the Kings River to Road 33, and south of the Kings River to Avenue 393.

Since late Friday evening, Tulare County Sheriff’s Deputies and Tulare County Firefighters have been going door to door advising residents that they must leave immediately.

Impacted residents may go to the Red Cross Evacuation Center open at Reedley High School, 740 W. North Ave., in Reedley.

Residents south and west of the golf course are under a voluntary evacuation order. The affected areas for the voluntary evacuation area include:

West of the Kings River bordered by Kings River Drive, Cypress Avenue and Bonander Avenue and south of Highway 201.

The Kings River has been closed to all recreational use since March 21 due to potentially dangerous conditions. Recreational use includes swimming and boating. Due to the snow melt, Tulare County rivers are flowing very fast and very cold. Do not enter the water or go to the river’s edge.

The Army Corps of Engineers releases water from Pine Flat Dam, which flows into the Kings River and travels through Fresno and Tulare counties. Currently, the flow coming out of Pine Flat Dam is 14,200 cubic feet per second, which is down slightly from Friday.