Tom Steyer, the San Francisco billionaire and environmentalist, came to Fresno to promise his support for a proposed Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to help communities with contaminated water in the San Joaquin Valley.
A California National Guard Black Hawk helicopter ferrying 1,000-pound rock bags moves into position a field west of the Kings River to make one of many trips to hold back the river where a breach in a levee occurred.
This aerial view of the north fork of the Kings River shows it flowing out of Wishon Dam. The video was taken by the owner of Wishon Village RV Park, Kris Oneida. He says it was the first time since 2011 that water flowed down this path. He has more video on his Facebook page @Wishonvillage.
Not so long ago, California was in the middle of a deep drought but in June its snow water equivalent rose to a heaping 170 percent of normal. NASA shows in its latest video that satellites were capturing that change.
Portions of the Kings River will be closed for Memorial Day weekend and indefinitely after. Sheriff Margaret Mims made the safety announcement Wednesday and Jeff Nowlin, who's been coming to the river for 20 years, reiterated the dangers while pointing out how high and fast the river is moving these days.
Becky Modesto, 60, believes that "a house is a house, but the family and the people in it are the things that are really important." She is keeping her suitcases out in case she has to evacuate if the Tranquillity levee breaks and floods the home she has lived in since since 1970.