Winter weather continues during first week of spring


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A tree collapsed in Northwest Fresno near Ashlan and Maroa. The ground is saturated in many areas in the Valley after days of rain. Officers had to route traffic away from the area for awhile so county workers could clear the tree out of the road.

County officials are closely watching the Wildwood Mobile Home Park along with other, surrounding communities. About 10 homes are in the park, which is located along the San Joaquin River. The water was now just a few feet away from the homes early Friday morning.

This area is one of many reasons Madera County Supervisors approved an emergency declaration on Thursday. The sheriff has set up a reverse 911 system that would be use if the park needs to be evacuated.

The Sheriff's office says there's no immediate danger and residents appear to be taking the situation in stride. They say the Berenda and Ash sloughs are also at capacity and any more flooding could create flooding in the Chowchilla area.

An evacuation shelter has been set up at Liberty High School in Madera Ranchos off Road 36, just as a precaution. But, people living in the area have decided to stay put.

Thousands of people are still without power Friday morning in Mariposa and Madera counties. PG&E is working to restore power to those areas. Crews were in Oakhurst Thursday fixing downed power lines.

The power company is also getting help from contractors across the country. A Montana crew used a crane to take them to the top of a utility pole.

Gayle Padovich lives 25-feet from the pole. She had been without power for almost four days.

Her days of misery took a positive turn right in the middle of our interview. "Ohhh I have power! Oh my gosh... Yay, that's what it looks like!"

Those who are still without power can head to one of two shelters set up by the Red Cross. There are cots, blankets and even showers available at these locations.

The Red Cross shelter is located at the Oakhurst Senior Center at 49111 Cinder Lane in Oakhurst.

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