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California homes evacuated as snowmelt swells Kings river

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  • The Kings River began to flood on Wednesday north of Fresno, California 
  • Temperatures had soared, melting snow in the Sierra Nevada 
  • Residents were asked to leave after a 15-foot-wide breach opened along the river
  • ‘It was like a war zone out here,’ resident Doreen Dalbey told local media

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Liz Dunphy For Mailonline

Authorities say 90 homes remain under mandatory evacuation orders following levee breaches along a river in California, the result of the state’s huge springtime snowpack melting in the summer heat.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office posted aerial photos yesterday showing several submerged houses at the Kings River Golf and Country Club. 

Deputies went door to door asking residents to leave after a 15-foot-wide breach opened along the river on Friday.

Authorities say 90 homes remain under mandatory evacuation orders following levee breaches along the Kings River in Central California caused by a huge snowmelt

Authorities say 90 homes remain under mandatory evacuation orders following levee breaches along the Kings River in Central California caused by a huge snowmelt

Authorities say 90 homes remain under mandatory evacuation orders following levee breaches along the Kings River in Central California caused by a huge snowmelt

A total of 300 people had to evacuate, and floodwaters have damaged seven structures and 18 RVs in the area east of Kingsburg, the Fresno Bee reported. 

Crews are bringing in sandbags to fill the breaches.

The Kings River began to flood Wednesday about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Fresno as temperatures soared, melting snow in the Sierra Nevada and sending it downstream.

Pictures taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle, shows floodwaters from the Kings River surrounding homes at the Kings River Golf and Country Club in Kingsburg, California

Pictures taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle, shows floodwaters from the Kings River surrounding homes at the Kings River Golf and Country Club in Kingsburg, California

Pictures taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle, shows floodwaters from the Kings River surrounding homes at the Kings River Golf and Country Club in Kingsburg, California

‘It was like a war zone out here,’ country club resident Doreen Dalbey told the Bee. 

‘At one point it (the water) got scary high. I thought the whole house would flood. 

‘We thought the water was going a different direction but it started making its way to us. 

The Kings River began to flood Wednesday about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Fresno as temperatures soared, melting snow in the Sierra Nevada and sending it downstream

The Kings River began to flood Wednesday about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Fresno as temperatures soared, melting snow in the Sierra Nevada and sending it downstream

The Kings River began to flood Wednesday about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Fresno as temperatures soared, melting snow in the Sierra Nevada and sending it downstream

‘I knew when I saw the water filling up a sand trap and how fast it filled up that we were in trouble and we need to run.’

In May, state water managers said California’s springtime snowpack was nearly double its normal levels following five years of historic drought, including two of the driest in the state’s recorded history.

A flood warning will be in place for the Kings River area until Monday.

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