Tulare County's efforts to clean-up storm damage

TULARE COUNTY, Calif.

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Thursday morning, Efren Sepulveda carefully maneuvered around his Seville Home, where, in some parts water stood just below his knees.

A nearby canal overflowed Wednesday night, sending water onto his property and then washing over Road 136.

Tulare County road crews brought out signs to warn drivers. And while the youngest members of his family enjoyed the flood -- Sepulveda dug out trenches to clear it out.

Sepulveda said, "And this, morning my wife called the fire department. The guy came out, but he do nothing, so I had to do it myself."

Less than a mile away at Stone Corral School, a professional cleaning crew brought in fans to air out several classrooms that had flooded a day earlier.

Kids are expected to return back to school January 10th. Principal Chris Kemper says they're relying on county and federal funding to help them finish the work before then.

"It's a very destructive situation here that's happened and we're hoping that FEMA, by the government will be able to tap into those funds." Kemper said. Just west of the school, along Avenue 384, a Caltrans crew pumped water out of the roadway.

South of Farmersville, a pair of Tulare County resource management employees tried to control flooding from a canal along Avenue 168 and Highway 137 -- by clearing debris and putting down sandbags.

Johnny Wong with Tulare County Resource Management says to fix the road damage alone will take an estimated $4.5 million. But with more rain expected this weekend, like the water levels, those numbers will likely rise. Johnny Wong said, "The most we can do right now is just wait for the next one and be as prepared as we can be." Tulare County Resource Management is encouraging everyone to pick up sandbags and get them ready for the rain.

They're also concerned about runoff, which could cause more flooding in the county.

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