BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County officials are providing information, resources and maps for residents to get the latest on potential flooding due to the snowmelt.
The Kern County Fire Department and Kern County have each posted information on their websites for residents.
Officials are pointing residents to its Flood Estimation Maps, information on how to prepare for flooding and inflow and outflow level data at Isabella Dam from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Kern County Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop said the county is mapping the Kern River every day and is updating the flood maps on a regular basis. The maps were last updated on May 25.
- You can view the latest aerial flood estimation maps from Kern County Fire Department at this link. You can select a map showing your area. — NOTE: Areas in yellow designate areas along the river at-risk of inundation if river flows exceed target levels by 1,000 cubic feet per second. Orange areas identify areas susceptible to flooding if river flows increase by 2,000 cubic feet per second above the targeted threshold.
- Information on flood risk from the California Department of Water Resources.
- Inflow and outflow data at Isabella Dam from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
In addition, residents are advised to sign up for emergency alerts from ReadyKern.
Kern County has created a Water Dashboard showing the latest on water levels at Lake Isabella and inflow and outflow rates at Isabella Dam.
You can view the county’s Water Dashboard at the link.
Kern County has provided those updates and others including county road closures and where to get sandbags at its website.
FLOOD HOTLINE OPENS
The county’s Emergency Operations Center opened its Flood Hotline if county information pages do not have information you might be looking for. Call 661-873-2660 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. A call-taker can answer general flood information questions and direct you to the agency your question is about.
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