A broken levee in southern Tulare County near Alpaugh flooded several square miles of farmland, and two or three mobile homes were reportedly affected.
But the break was repaired late Thursday, and farmers are hoping it holds as another storm hit the region Friday.
Alpaugh Irrigation District general manager Bruce Howarth said Thursday that Poso channel broke Feb. 10 and developed a second break later. About 13 to 14 square miles are covered in water, he said.
He said pistachio groves and open farmland are flooded, and two or three mobile homes are surrounded by water.
Landowners hired three helicopters to start dropping 3,000-pound sandbags into the breach, he said. The repair to the levee wrapped up Thursday night.
But it was too rainy Friday to pump water off the pistachio groves, and the situation remains problematic, he said.
“Water levels (in Poso channel) have risen to crucial points and high winds are threatening the banks again,” he said.
Roads in southwestern Tulare County are blocked off from Road 80 to the Kings County line and Avenue 32 to the Kern County line, the Tulare County Fire Department said.