Things are looking up for residents along the Kings River as water recedes and some Evac orders lifted

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Residents are finally returning home after flooding from the Kings River called for mandatory evacuations. (KFSN)

Residents are finally returning home after flooding from the Kings River called for mandatory evacuations-- some evacuations have now been downgraded and others have been completely lifted.

"We we're staying at my grandma's house and sheriffs just told us evacuations have been lifted," said

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office said Riverbend Mobile Home Park in Sanger was one of the mandatory evacuation sites that have been lifted. The mobile home park residents are dealing with displacement costs. One resident at the park said it cost him over $600 to be gone for eight days, but was able to leave his dogs with Red Cross. Now he and his wife are just happy to be home.

"I gotta go pick up my mom after I take my dogs home, bring her home over here where she lives at, then clean my refrigerator out really good and stuff like that," said Scott Gray, resident Riverbend Mobile Home Park.

The Kings River Water Association said conditions have stabilized since the water release from Pine Flat Dam has been slowed. The release has decreased to 12,000 cubic feet per second-- compared to 14,900 at its peak several days ago.

The Tulare County Fire Department said since they have slowed the flow down to a manageable point at Kings River Golf and Country Club, they were able to leave the site Wednesday afternoon and will now be turning over the incident to golf course management.

"The breach has been repaired as a temporary fix, but not permanently. That's something that the golf course is going to have to work on once we leave," said Joe Rosa, Tulare County Fire Captain.

In the meantime, the Golf and Country Club is continuing to dry out.

Steve Safarjian, President of Kings River Golf and Country Club, said, "From what I've observed, everybody is back home; electricity is back on in every single house."

The president of the golf course said he has no idea when the course will be back up and running, but the restaurant and bar will be back open Thursday.

The Riverland Resort is still under a mandatory evacuation order, that area is still underwater.

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