Battered Tulare County Braces for Another Storm
Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux ordered evacuations for Alpaugh and the historic Black town of Allensworth on Sunday as California’s 12th atmospheric river prepared to roll in. A broken levee just north of Allensworth has increased the sense of urgency.
Flooding has already devastated parts of Tulare including Woodlake, Lindsay, and Porterville. Cities have been scrambling to issue emergency declarations, the Sun Gazette reports.
The National Guard is on scene with high-water vehicles. Officials are going door-to-door to make sure people get out as floodwaters rise. Around 12,000 people are now under evacuation.
Flash flood watches have also been issued for parts of Fresno County and the Sierra Nevada foothill areas. You can see a list of Red Cross evacuation shelters in the Central Valley here.
It is difficult to overstate just how much damage these storms have done to parts of the Golden State. In Tulare County, farmers have already lost millions of dollars.
“The devastation is indescribable,” Tulare County farmer Brandon Mendonsa told KFSN. “The water is still coming – this is far from being done.”