Rain-soaked levees begin to crumble in Fresno County


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Parts of this levee in Fresno County overflowed Wednesday night. Some of the water made its way down to this home. Neighbors say it came so fast the people living there had no chance to prevent it from flooding.

"I mean it hadn't been, I was out here like at 12, 12:30 and you couldn't see there was no water. By about 1:30, the water was flowing." said Dinuba resident Alice Galvan.

Crews not only had their hands full controlling the flood waters, they had to rescue animals as well. Crews rescued a little dog that will now stay with a neighbor overnight.

CAL Fire says it'll be working around the clock to fix the problem.

"We have sand trucks on the way out with sandbags. And a load or two and were going to see if we can get it sandbagged up and reinforced." said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Jim Fitzgerald.

In Tulare County, towns like Orosi have been especially hit hard by the storm. The outside of Steven Sanchez's trailer home flooded when pumps at a nearby ponding basin stopped working. That backed up a canal behind their backyard and by nightfall Sanchez was walking through two feet of water to get blankets and clothes before leaving for the night.

"It's really crazy. It's flooded. The water right now is so cold. My feet are actually going numb." added Sanchez.

The staff at Tulare County's Emergency Operations Center will be keeping a close eye on the weather. They'll have crews on standby 24/7 to fix any future problems.

"Things are looking good right now. We're just making sure that those families get any services they need and that the rest of the residents are prepared should more water come down." said Tulare County spokesperson Allison Lambert.

Fortunately this home and the one in Orosi both had high foundations so no water got inside. In this immediate area there are about seven homes. Some residents are digging ditches around the house and others are placing sandbags in an effort to keep the water out.

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