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Over 160 people are stuck in Three Rivers after floods wash away roads
THREE RIVERS, Calif. (FOX26) — Residents in Three Rivers have been stuck on the other side of the South Fork Bridge with no way in or out as floods destroyed the roadways.[RELATED] Residents in Pine Flat say they have been stuck in flooded waters without running water"I didn't even know what to think and there was so much destruction happen...
THREE RIVERS, Calif. (FOX26) — Residents in Three Rivers have been stuck on the other side of the South Fork Bridge with no way in or out as floods destroyed the roadways.
"I didn't even know what to think and there was so much destruction happening around us that I didn't even know where to begin," said Kacie Fleedman who lives in Three Rivers.
Over 160 people live in South Fork, including a large population of elderly residents.
Kacie Fleeman who lives in South Fork said many older people are considered “high risk” for medical conditions.
We couldn't physically get to those stranded so we had to speak on the phone about 30 feet away from residents on the other side of the broken bridge.
According to Sheriff Mike Boudreaux from Tulare County, several communities, including South Fork south of Conley Bridge, mineral King Road east of mile marker four, Ponderosa, and Pine Flat Village are isolated because of bridge failures and washed-out roads.
"Thursday night we have a huge deluge of rain," said Fleeman. "I think actually at our house which is about a mile and a half from here we had about four inches within 12 hours and at that point, things just went south."
Over 160 people are stuck in Three Rivers after floods wash away roadways (Photo: KMPH FOX26 Reporter Sophia Lesseos)
Fleeman said the water flowing over the streets isn't even as bad as it once was.
"It's crazy and this is actually a lot lower," she said. "The water was actually up to the fence here on this house behind me and where I'm standing was probably two to three feet underwater."
Fleeman said the only way out for the people who live in South Fork is on emergency roads, but most of them are on private property. Even those have also been damaged by floods.
Tulare County Fire Department is working with CalFire to help drop off food and water to residents with its helicopter.
"There's people that aren't able to get out and get some of those resources that they really need," said Savanna Birchfield a Public Information Officer for CalFire Tulare Unit. "We're concerned about people's safety, that's our priority. We have been doing a lot of mitigation efforts for the flooding."
With another atmospheric river on its way Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, residents in Three Rivers said at this point they're just going to wait it out
"After seeing all this destruction that has happened we just don't know what to expect."
There is currently a petition to get the National Guard involved in helping with repairs as soon as possible so people can regain access to emergency services and supply stores.
You can find the petition HERE.
You can also upload your weather photos and videos to our Chime In page.
All About Paradise Ranch Inn, a Glamping Property Near Sequoia National Park
This Northern California property features mirrored cabins, hot tubs, and a riverside sauna.The appeal of mirrored cabins is undeniable. Their striking design isn't only made for the Instagram era — it also gives the illusion of invisibility by perfectly blending in with their surroundings, delivering privacy and a memorable experience. So no wonder mirrored dwellings have been popping up across the country — from the mountains of ...
This Northern California property features mirrored cabins, hot tubs, and a riverside sauna.
The appeal of mirrored cabins is undeniable. Their striking design isn't only made for the Instagram era — it also gives the illusion of invisibility by perfectly blending in with their surroundings, delivering privacy and a memorable experience. So no wonder mirrored dwellings have been popping up across the country — from the mountains of Tennessee to the California coastline. And in 2022, Paradise Ranch Inn, an off-the-grid glamping property on 50 waterfront acres in Three Rivers, California, opened just outside Sequoia National Park.
Founded by Danish fashion photographer Kenneth Williard, the adults-only ranch features five glamping tents and four mirrored cabins hidden among the rocky landscape and lush trees, with views of the Kaweah River. Each house, built by the Estonian building and hospitality company ÖÖD House (which is also behind this mirrored Tulum rental), delivers all the conveniences of modern-day living blended with stylish Danish minimalism. The walls are clad in dramatic dark wood paneling — a result of the Japanese technique Shou Sugi Ban which consists of charring the wood surface to make it waterproof, that Williard finished in a herringbone pattern. Floor-to-ceiling windows let plenty of sunlight in, allowing guests to wake up to 180-degree views.
Heated floors, lounge and work areas, and a kitchenette stocked with provisions make the interiors feel even more comfortable. And outside, a patio with a private hot tub is the perfect way to end the day. Some dwellings also have fit pits, pizza ovens, and Hibachi grills.
“I looked everywhere for the most interesting and beautiful tiny houses, and when I saw the mirror houses from ÖÖD House, I immediately knew this is [eco-friendly]. The fact that no one sees the houses in nature, but you see nature is the big new idea,” Williard told Travel+Leisure.
Guests can also enjoy a cedar barrel sauna and cliffside decks for yoga or meditation. A "hammock camp" features two-person hammocks and a mosquito net-covered hammock for evening stargazing. And while the ranch is all about bringing travelers closer to Mother Nature and off-the-grid living, it also offers high-speed internet for those who prefer to stay connected.
Guests can fill their days at Paradise Ranch with scenic hikes in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, thrilling whitewater rafting on the Kaweah River (one of the country’s steepest), or simply taking in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain views.
See how California was impacted by deadly atmospheric river as it braces for new one
At least two people are dead from the strong atmospheric river that blasted California with torrential downpours, snow and hazardous weather last week. And another atmospheric river is on the way.A large part of the state is still under a Flash Flood Watch with another atmospheric river on the way. At least 34 counties are still under a State of Emergency.The heaviest rain so far fell Thursday and Friday across the state. But periods of rain, snow and thunderstorms continued through the weekend.An EF-1 ...
At least two people are dead from the strong atmospheric river that blasted California with torrential downpours, snow and hazardous weather last week. And another atmospheric river is on the way.
A large part of the state is still under a Flash Flood Watch with another atmospheric river on the way. At least 34 counties are still under a State of Emergency.
The heaviest rain so far fell Thursday and Friday across the state. But periods of rain, snow and thunderstorms continued through the weekend.
An EF-1 tornado briefly touched down in Tuolumne County on Saturday. Merced, California in the Central Valley was even under a rare Tornado Warning on Sunday from a pop-up storm.
Several Evacuation Orders were downgraded to Evacuation Warnings along rivers that continue to rise. But, authorities warn residents to be prepared to leave again with the new rain threat.
Rain on saturated ground forced the California Department of Transportation to close roads to clear pounding and landslides.
Flood Advisories in place
Flood Watches and Warnings are in place across most of the state.
A Flash Flood Warning was issued Saturday for Pajaro, in Monterey County, along the Pajaro River after heavy rainfall caused a levee to breech, flooding the community and forced evacuations. The National Guard and first responders helped people evacuate, and some even had to wade through floodwaters to get out.
FOX Weather's Max Gorden took us to the flooded town and talked to devastated residents facing another round
"A lot of people are going to go home to nothing now," flood victim Charles Williams said. "I might lose everything. I’m losing everything. I had to walk out through 4 feet of water!"
Several other coastal communities are under evacuation warnings which means that residents need to be prepared to leave in case of an evacuation order with flooding from the next storm.
Drone video captured a river flooding homes in Tulare County, which led to evacuations. Live Storms Media storm tracker Brandon Clement filmed dozens of homes being inundated by floodwaters, which even ripped one home off its foundation.
Authorities issued evacuation orders for parts of Kern County, California, on Friday due to flash flooding. This included Bakersfield in the Central Valley area of the state.
Listen to the power of this flooding in footage filmed by Matt Volpert as raging floodwaters envelope buildings in Kernville.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park posted video Friday showing flooded fields lapping up against roads in Three Rivers, California. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office also issued evacuation orders for Three Rivers, urging locals to avoid traveling through flooded roadways.
Snow, snow and more snow
The National Weather Service said several of Sierra Nevada's highest passes, including Carson, Sonora and Tioga, could see over 100 inches of new snow by the end of the weekend.
In the video above, a reserve deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office had to climb out his window to go to work due to snow totals.
More than 8 feet of snow in parts of the San Bernardino Mountains stranded many residents for days as crews worked to clear the snow from roads and driveways.
The next supercharged storm moves in on Monday with the heaviest rain and snow in the evening into Tuesday.
Details will continue to be refined over the coming days. Stay with FOX Weather for the latest.
Many stranded across broken bridges as severe weather pummels California
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THREE RIVERS, Calif. (KMPH) — Many residents in Three Rivers, California woke up to their backyards washed away due to the dangerous winter storm passing through.Due to heavy flooding and debris, the North and South Fork bridges have been destroyed, leaving some people stranded on the other side.We've been looking forward to rain but not this much," s...
THREE RIVERS, Calif. (KMPH) — Many residents in Three Rivers, California woke up to their backyards washed away due to the dangerous winter storm passing through.
Due to heavy flooding and debris, the North and South Fork bridges have been destroyed, leaving some people stranded on the other side.
We've been looking forward to rain but not this much," said Terence Pratt, a Three Rivers resident, said Tuesday.
Some residents said they have never seen a storm like this pass through the area before.
I have a couple of friends that work in the park and work for the park service and I guess the biggest problem was that the temperature was so warm that the freezing level went to 8,000 feet, and so a lot of that snow that was here from the last storm got rained on and melted immediately and just like boom," said Pratt. "It ended up being like flash floods coming down, so no one was ready at all."
Many people had nothing else to do but sit back and watch as their backyards washed away right before their eyes,
It's out of your control, and so I was sitting there waiting for my barn to be blown apart in pieces and I have a trailer that was totally destroyed and I was waiting for that to go down into the river," said Jaison Norton, another resident.
Now, many are stuck across the broken bridges.
You can see that the guard rails are still on and you see just this massive pile-up of debris that just happened over several hours just jamming everything up," said Norton.
One couple said they are stuck at their house with no way out because the bridge leaving North Fork was destroyed.
A lot of people over here are stranded. I don't know how supplies are holding up for everybody," said Nataliya Dixon. "There's some sick people, old people here. You know how it is. There's medications that need to be picked up and I don't know when they are going to fix it."
Residents said they saw debris, trees, branches, and rocks rolling in the river.
But the community is resilient.
It seems like when there's a natural disaster it really comes down to the citizens of Three Rivers," said Diana Jules,. "It's up to them to come together and help each other out and that's the spirit of Three Rivers and that's what they do."
Pratt said many people have made a pully system to deliver food and other supplies to those who are stuck on the other side of the broken bridges.
The water has been receding but right now people don't know when the two bridges in the North and South Fork will be fixed.
Damages flood in as cities recover from recent storms
The city of Woodlake, among others, were subject to flooding after an atmospheric river rolled into the valley WOODLAKE – As an atmospheric river flows through the central valley, local cities are being plunged into flood hazards and water damage.The north side of Woodlake was filled to the brim with water damage, as firefighters and policemen floated canoes across streets to retrieve residents whose homes were flooded. Among the most affected areas were Pine Street, the areas surrounding F.J. White Learning C...
The city of Woodlake, among others, were subject to flooding after an atmospheric river rolled into the valley
WOODLAKE – As an atmospheric river flows through the central valley, local cities are being plunged into flood hazards and water damage.
The north side of Woodlake was filled to the brim with water damage, as firefighters and policemen floated canoes across streets to retrieve residents whose homes were flooded. Among the most affected areas were Pine Street, the areas surrounding F.J. White Learning Center, Yokut, Walnut and Cajon roads.
Some streets were so flooded that parked cars were halfway engulfed in the murky waters, and some residents even posted pictures of the knee-deep waters that were flowing through their front yards.The city was handing out sandbags to residents in attempts to mitigate the flooding, and had also opened up the Woodlake Community Center for those who needed emergency shelter on March 10.
Since then, they have been using Exeter’s emergency shelter for residents. According to Woodlake city manager Ramon Lara, the flooding is beginning to subside today, moving the city into “clean up mode.” With the help of fire, police, city staff and volunteers, they have been able to clear debris pulled in by the flood. However, Lara said they are preparing for anticipated storms within the next few days.
“By the end of the day [on March 13] we should have everything cleaned up. But like I mentioned, there’s potentially another storm that’s coming in,” Lara said. “We’re hoping that we can have everything cleaned up and back to normal and we’ll see what the storms bring, and we’ll continue to prepare for that.”
A large contributor to the city’s floods was the most recent atmospheric river, a narrow column of condensed water vapor that floats from the pacific ocean to the central valley and produces major rainfall, and then floats to the Sierra Nevadas. The atmospheric river produces rain that is much warmer than the snowpack that lines the Sierra Nevadas, which causes major snow melt. This comes at a time when the National Parks recorded historically heavy snowpack.
This means that not only is the heavy rainfall contributing to flooding within these cities, but the majority of it is coming from the Sierra Nevada’s snow melt. The damages are plentiful, with some cities seeing houses filled with water and others seeing their bridges completely wiped away. For Woodlake, the snowmelt and rainfall caused Antelope Creek to rise higher than capacity, flooding local areas.
Meteorologist Jerald Meadows said that the heavy snowpack had significantly contributed to the atmospheric river’s influence on the local floods.
“This particular scenario is kind of unique, since two weeks ago we got some pretty heavy snowfall at low elevations, and now we’ve had these consecutive atmospheric rivers coming in afterwards,” Meadows said.
Meadows said that though this flooding is extreme, it’s not unheard of in the Central Valley. The weather in the valley is extremely complex, and can be either extremely dry or extremely wet. This happened to a similar intensity on New Years of 1997 due to an influx of atmospheric rivers.
However, Woodlake was not the only city affected. Surrounding cities such as Exeter, Lindsay, Three Rivers and Porterville were all hit by the recent floods.
Three bridges have been washed away in Three Rivers, such as Baillie Bridge, Connelly Bridge and Railroad Bridge. Dinley, Pumpkin Hollow and North Fork Bridge are fortunately built much higher and have not been damaged by the flooding. The washed out roads and bridges have trapped many people in the South Fork area of Three Rivers, causing one resident, Kacie Fleeman, to start a petition calling for the National Guard to repair the roadways.
“There are 160+ residents trapped in a portion of Three Rivers, California off of South Fork Drive. South Fork is a one way in and out road, and a bridge that connects residents to the main town has washed away. There is significant damage beyond just that bridge,” Fleeman stated in the petition.
Three Rivers was subject to road and bridge damage after the recent storms in January, as well. However, South Fork’s damaged roads were not fully fixed after this storm, but instead only had a temporary solution. Three Rivers is an unincorporated community, so they currently rely on Tulare County for road repairs and maintenance.
“We have a high volume of elderly people stranded that would be considered high risk for medical emergencies,” Fleeman said. “We are asking that the National Guard step in to do temporary repairs as soon as possible as we have no access to any emergency services or stores for basic necessities.”
Not only that, but on March 10, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux issued an evacuation after the Kaweah River flooded unincorporated communities between Lake Kaweah and the entrance to Sequoia National Park. The sheriff issued an evacuation order for all homes and businesses on North Fork Drive, south of the Baillie Bridge to Sierra Drive (Highway 198); all homes and businesses on South Fork Drive, north of Connelly Bridge to Sierra Drive (Highway 198); all homes and businesses along the Middle Fork, Sierra Drive (Highway 198) to the National Park Boundary, including Mineral King Road. He has also recommended sheltering in place for those living on North Fork Drive, north of the Bailey Bridge and all homes on South Fork Drive, south of the Connelly Bridge.
The outlying areas of Lindsay were primarily affected by the recent storms, according to city manager Joe Tanner. Around 20 homes were affected by the flooding, and over 21,000 bags of sand were distributed throughout the city.
“We started to get overwhelmed with sandbag requests at one point, so to keep the line moving we assigned city staff and volunteers to come out,” Tanner said. “In the last few days, we’ve had our Lindsay High Schoolers out there assisting us, such as the football team and the kids from J.J. Cairns out there.”
Lindsay’s biggest concern is the overflowing of Lewis Creek. However, the current storm water system has been able to manage the overflow. It became “overwhelmed” for only a short period of time, but drained fairly quickly, according to Tanner.
The city does not currently have an emergency shelter in place yet, but if the need arises, they will be potentially opening the local senior center up to residents. Until the floods and storms no longer pose a threat, all city buildings will be closed until further notice. Tanner said the city will be communicating with residents through Facebook until then.
Springville has also been significantly hit as the Tule River overflowed along its southern banks and into town. There have been evacuation orders for homes and businesses from the Lower Rio Vista east of Bridge Drive to east of Pleasant Oak Drive on Highway 190. This will include all roads, access roads and areas in between. Not included is Pleasant Oak Drive.
A “shelter in place” order has also been issued for areas of Springville and Pine Flat. The order includes homes along Manter Meadow Road in Pine Flat due to a bridge washout. The road is closed at Manter Meadow and Capinero Creek. A bridge failure along Wagner Drive at Harris Road north of Springville is causing a Shelter in Place order. Residents along Balch Park Road, northeast of Yokohl Valley Drive, should shelter in place due to a damaged bridge on Balch Park Road just east Yokohl Valley Drive.
Meadows said that it is difficult to predict how many atmospheric rivers will hit the valley, but the bright side is that enough of them would keep the water levels high enough to get California through its current drought. The local area averages about 10 inches of rain a year, but that can be as low as three inches but as much as 20, according to Meadows. So capturing as much rain as possible is essential for the drier years. Within the last three days, the Lake Kaweah Weather Station recorded roughly 18 inches of rain, according to NWS data.
“There is a considerable amount of water stored in the snowpack still, even with the snowmelt and the flooding we’ve seen,” Meadows said. “A lot of that water we capture in our reservoirs across the state.”
Meadows does expect to see much more rainfall in the coming weeks, which will prolong recent flooding. However, there is no prediction for how many more atmospheric rivers will roll in, though Meadows believes there will be more. Much of the snowpack will by then be melted as the state rolls into summer months, so the flood damage may not be as significant as the current months.