2023 January Winter Storms

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1/11/2023 update as of 10:00 a.m.

EVACUATION WARNING LIFTED
 
Sheriff Boudreaux has lifted the Evacuation Warning for the communities of Sequoia Crest, Alpine Village, Redwood Drive, Cedar Slope, and Ponderosa. The Tulare County Roads Department is working constantly on trying to open Great Western Divide (Mountain Road 107) to two lanes, and Caltrans is still evaluating and working on Highway 190. Currently, Highway 190 is closed at Nelson Drive due to the numerous rock slides and washouts along Highway 190 above Camp Nelson. The Tulare County Roads Department will continue to leave Great Western Divide (Mountain Road 107) closed without escort until both lanes of travel are open.
 
Escort times:
Leaving from California Hot Springs
9:00 AM
2:30 PM
Escorting out of Ponderosa
10:00 AM
3:30 PM
 
 
 
 
PREVIOUS STORM UPDATES:

 

1/18/2023 update as of 10:00 a.m.

Road Access for Highway 190 Communities

Highway 190 remains closed, between Camp Nelson and North Road, for several weeks due to storm damage.  Tulare County is continuing work to reopen Western Divide Highway, which may take several more days. Until the road is fully cleared, Tulare County Resource Management Agency will escort traffic between California Hot Springs and Ponderosa.

The first convoy will begin January 18 at 2:00 PM, from California Hot Springs to Ponderosa, and at 3:30 PM from Ponderosa to California Hot Springs.

Beginning January 19, convoys will run twice a day.  Convoys into Ponderosa will depart from the gate on Mountain Road 50, near California Hot Springs, daily at 9:00 AM and 2:30 PM.  Convoys leaving Ponderosa will depart from the gate on Western Divide Highway, approximately one-quarter mile south of Aspen Drive, daily at 10:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

Please note that chains or four-wheel drive may be required. For inquiries about Western Divide Highway status, please call  RMA at 559-624-7000, or for emergencies, call 911.

 

1/12/2023 update as of 5:00 p.m.
 
As Another Storm Approaches, Sheriff Issues More Evacuation Warnings
 

Sheriff Boudreaux has issued an Evacuation Warning for the communities of Sequoia Crest, Alpine Village, Redwood Drive, Cedar Slope and Ponderosa due to the numerous rock slides and washouts along Highway 190.

The Tulare County Roads Department was able to open the Great Western Divide (Mountain Road 107). However, the Western Divide Highway will not be plowed overnight because of the upcoming storms, which means the residents in these communities will not be able to enter or leave. An Evacuation Warning is in effect for this weekend due to the potential isolation and the multiple incoming storms. Please consider leaving the area for your safety, as first responders may not be able to reach you in the event of an emergency.

Those choosing to remain in the area should prepare now with several days’ worth of essential supplies, such as food, water, medications and fuel. Please refer to the National Weather Service and Tulare County Fire Department’s social media pages for more information.

For those who are still in need of assistance please call 2-1-1.

 
 
1/11/2023 update as of 5:00 p.m.
 

Shelter Information

The emergency shelter at the International Agri-Center in Tulare has been temporarily closed. Anyone in need of shelter due to flooding impacts can call 1-800-RED-CROSS for services.

 
1/11/2023 update as of 2:00 p.m.
 

What to Do If Flood Waters Impacted Your Home

With all the recent rainstorms California is receiving, Tulare County Public Health and Environment Health offer guidance and information for your health and safety.

For homes with water intrusion, be aware that flood water may contain sewage and other contaminants. 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 provided by officials on resident’s doors in flood impacted areas. For further information on safety measures in returning home, please visit: https://tularecountyeh.org/eh/public-information/flood-guidance/.

 
1/11/2023 update as of 10:00 a.m.
 
Sheriff Boudreaux Lifts Evacuation Warning
 
At 10 a.m. on January 11, Sheriff Boudreaux lifted the Evacuation Warning for homes and businesses along the Kings River, from the Fresno County line to the Kings County line. The water levels and flow have started to subside.
 
County Officials would like to remind everyone to stay alert and mindful within that area as another powerful storm is predicted to come through on Saturday. Please refer to the National Weather Service and the Tulare County Fire Department’s social media pages for more information. For those who are still in need of assistance please call 2-1-1.
 
Kings River Evacuation Map

 

1/9/2023 update as of 9:00 p.m.

The County of Tulare is experiencing increased water flows in the Kings River. Due to the atmospheric river continuing, Kings River flows will be increasing to possible dangerous levels.

Evacuation Warning issued for residences along within a quarter mile of the Kings River from the Fresno County Line to Kings County Line. Evacuation warnings are voluntary. Community members are strongly encouraged to prepare to evacuate if it becomes necessary. If individuals feel they need more time, please consider leaving the area now.

Please refer to the National Weather Service, Tulare County Sheriff's Office, and the Tulare County Fire’s social media.

Those in need of shelter due to evacuation, an emergency shelter is available at the International Agri-Center located at 4500 S. Laspina St. in Tulare. Enter in Gate D to access the emergency shelter and follow the lights to Gate 16 on the Agri-Center grounds.

Individuals who may need assistance evacuating may call 2-1-1 for assistance. If you are able, please evacuate your domestic animals with you. Tulare County Animal Services is available to assist at the emergency shelter.

Tulare County Animal Services is available to assist with evacuating your animals from the flood areas along with housing for both small and large animals. Please contact Animal Services at (559) 636-4050 x 0 for more information or call 2-1-1. If you are needing assistance evacuating your animals or you need a place to house your animals, submit a Flood Assistance Evacuation-Housing Request Form at: https://tcanimalservices.org/animalservices/resources/flood-assistance-evacuation-form/. Tulare County Animal Services staff will contact you between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to coordinate assistance for your animals.

 

Flood Impact Map

 Any Flood Impact areas for Tulare County will be posted on the map below.

 

Warming Centers

During cold weather, specific facilities in Tulare County are designated as warming centers, locations where the public may come to get out of the cold during normal business hours. For more information please click here .

Sandbag Locations

During the stormy season, sandbag sacks and loose sand is available to the public.For more information please click here .

 

Emergency Preparedness: Evacuation, Wildfires, and Heat Events

When a disaster occurs, Tulare County wants you to be as prepared as possible by providing preparedness tips and steps to take in the event of an emergency. Click here to read more.

 

Other Active Emergencies in Tulare County:

 

2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Visit the Tulare County COVID-19 Website to learn more about local response and recovery efforts.

 

Tree Mortality

Since 2012, record drought and record temperatures, have weakened trees throughout California, resulting in millions of acres of failing forestland that then become vulnerable to disease and infestation. Infestation, such as those caused by native bark beetles, have caused tree mortality of epidemic proportions. The scale of tree mortality in California contributes to significantly increased wildfire risks, and presents life safety risks due to falling trees that can injure or kill people. Due to these increased risks, California and Tulare County have proclaimed states of emergency for tree mortality. Click to read more here.