Water & Drought

Water & Drought

What is a levee boil?

When water seeps under a levee the structural integrity is compromised creating a small geyser. This is what it looks like and how it is repaired.

Water & Drought

Brown says California’s drought is over. But some restrictions will remain.

The drought officially ended in most of California on Friday, April 7, 2017, but state officials vowed to clamp down on wasteful water use and impose a long-term conservation program that could create friction with urban water users. Following a deluge of wet weather that left reservoirs brimming and the Sierra snowpack bulging, Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to a drought that brought California some of the driest periods in recorded history.

Water & Drought

Rushing to avoid a flood

Danny Wade of the Tranquillity Irrigation District describes how his workers have built an earthen bridge to head off a levee failing along the Fresno Slough, which is fed by the Kings River.

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Rushing to avoid a flood

Danny Wade of the Tranquillity Irrigation District describes how his workers have built an earthen bridge to head off a levee failing along the Fresno Slough, which is fed by the Kings River.
Marc Benjamin The Fresno Bee
Rushing to avoid a flood 1:27

Rushing to avoid a flood

Tranquillity woman keeping suitcases out, just in case of levee break 1:25

Tranquillity woman keeping suitcases out, just in case of levee break

Tranquillity couple on possible levee break: 'Meteorite was more likely than a flood' 2:09

Tranquillity couple on possible levee break: 'Meteorite was more likely than a flood'

Oroville Dam shuts down main spillway, crews begin damage assessment 1:10

Oroville Dam shuts down main spillway, crews begin damage assessment