ICYMI: Andy Sent the Following Important Flood Alert on March 16th

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Alpaugh, Corcoran Floodwatch/Alerta de inundacíon para Alpa

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Howdy friends —

We have had an incredibly wet winter season and the snowpack is tremendous!

As happy as we are to have water and snow, the winter months are coming to an end and some Central Valley areas may be in jeopardy of devastating floods.

I, as well as many other elected officials, public safety officials, community leaders, water experts and landowners have evaluated the runoff forecast and, it has become clear, that the community of Alpaugh, City of Corcoran, and surrounding areas, face a threat of record flooding as the snowpack begins to melt.

In preparation for the coming months, I have sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown asking that he declare a state of emergency for the affected areas and potentially affected areas of Kings and Tulare Counties to free up funding and waive regulations to allow emergency preparation work to be done to prevent as much flood damage as possible.

The Cross Creek Flood Control District is working diligently with the assistance of California State Prison, Corcoran and the City of Corcoran to raise approximately 14 miles of levee to an elevation of 192 feet above sea level. We applaud their work and are hoping for their success.

To read more about the current conditions and the possible flooding, the Hanford Sentinel has published two articles: Fearing flood, Corcoran raises levee or Vidak ask for flood help from governor.

To protect your family and homes, experts recommend taking a few steps toward precaution:

Purchase Flood Insurance — You must have flood insurance for 30 days before it takes effect. 

Safeguard Your Possessions — Keep a copy of your insurance policies and a list of all household items in a waterproof container. 

Develop a Family Emergency Plan — Create an emergency preparedness kit and household evacuation plan, including a place to meet in case of a quick evacuation.

For more information on how to prepare for a flood, visit the American Red Cross website here.

Please take precaution and reach out to friends and neighbors who may need help preparing for potential flooding.