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Emergency Operations Center Continues Storm Emergency Management

VISALIA - Tulare County was hit with heavy rainfall Tuesday night, moving the Tulare County/Operational Area Emergency Operations Center to a higher level of activation to support county and city response actions. A local state of emergency continues to stand as the heavy precipitation caused additional localized flooding in flood-prone areas and ROAD CLOSURES.

Tulare County/Operational Area Emergency Operations staff has continued to monitor the storm impact, and with recent heavy rainfall, portions of Tulare County such as Seville, Tonyville, Lindsay, and east Porterville have experienced flooding. Crews have been on-site around the clock in all portions of the County working on disaster mitigation, as the National Weather Service is now forecasting light sprinkling for the rest of the week.

All residents are urged to continue to take safety measures as rain water moves through the County. Of specific concern, at no time should manhole covers be removed, or tampered with. Every attempt should be made to stay out of and avoid flood and standing water. If you come in contact with flood waters, individuals should use good hygiene practices to promptly clean themselves, and no one should eat food, use cosmetics or medicines that have come in contact with flood waters. Tulare County residents impacted by the storms should call the Tulare County FireComm Dispatch to report flood damage at (559) 733-6544.

Additionally, residents are highly encouraged to continue to take safety measures on the roadways as rain water moves through the County. Currently, many roads have been closed due to flooding and many areas are experiencing smaller flooded roads and flooded run off areas. Residents are urged to practice safe driving measures, especially near flooded roadways. Do not attempt to drive on roads covered in water. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. A foot of water is enough to sweep a car off the road. Temporary barriers blocking flooded roadways are placed by emergency personnel for safety reasons; individuals should never drive around them into a flooded area, an alternate route should be taken.

Sandbags are available to all Tulare County residents, and are available in most cities within Tulare County. Information regarding locations where residents can pick up sandbag materials for their personal use is available on the County's website at www.co.tulare.ca.us. Residents may also call 2-1-1, Tulare County's local, free information and referral line, or contact their city to determine the closest sandbag pickup location.

Sandbag materials are available at the following Tulare County facilities through the duration of the storms:

• Cutler-Orosi Fire Station, 40779 Road 128, Cutler
• Lemon Cove Fire Station, 32490 Highway 198, Lemon Cove
• Three Rivers Fire Station, 41412 South Fork Drive, Three Rivers
• Lindsay Fire Station, 19603 Avenue 228, Lindsay
• Doyle Colony Fire Station, 1551 Success Drive, Porterville
• Pixley Fire Station, 200 North Park Drive, Pixley
• Porterville Road Yard, 1243 West North Grand Avenue, Porterville
(Business Hours Only)

Safety measures that residents can take during this severe storm include: stay indoors or take shelter until heavy rain passes, carefully consider weather and road conditions if you must travel, and listen to a weather or news channel for the latest information and news updates.

For additional assistance, Tulare County residents may contact the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at the following numbers:

• City of Dinuba: (559) 591-3939
• City of Visalia: (559) 733-6211
• Pixley: (559) 757-3525
• City of Porterville: (559) 784-4670


Allison M. Lambert
Media Specialist, Administrative Services Division
Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency
5957 South Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA, 93277
Telephone: (559) 624-8007
Fax: (559) 740-4382
E-Mail: ALambert@tularehhsa.org

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