Winter storm brings flood advisories, road closures, train delays


A pre-evacuation advisory was issued once again Monday in North Fork after water discharges out of Bass Lake were increased and threatening to swell rivers below, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office said.

The evacuation warning was issued for several roads near the downtown North Fork area, many similar to the ones under evacuation warning in January. The roads included:

▪ Road 22 between Railroad Grade Road and Road 200

▪ Road 226 between Keller Road and Road 222

▪ Manzanita Lake Drive

▪ Old Central Camp Road, between Road 222 and half a mile west of Road 274

▪ Road 225 between Road 222 and Road 274

▪  Road 228

▪ Wah-up Way

▪ Kunigib Way

▪ Weatherly Lane

▪ Willow Creek Drive

▪ Church Street

The sheriff’s office said residents who live along the pre-evacuation warning areas should be ready to leave in a moment’s notice if conditions worsen. They asked residents to have personal belongings packed.

Around 11 a.m., the California Highway Patrol originally reported a large rock that blocked the roadway on Tollhouse Road near Highway 168, however Caltrans said they were unable to locate the hazard.

Flooding has been reported near Avenue 412 and Road 144 in Orosi and on Millwood Road in Dunlap, south of Highway 180, said the California Highway Patrol.

Large rock have blocked the southbound lane of Tollhouse Road near Highway 168, said CHP. A flooded roadway was also reported near Highway 180 and Hills Valley Road in Sanger.

As of Monday afternoon, Fresno has received 0.54 inches of rain. The storm has also brought 1.5 inches of rain to Oakhurst and 1.34 inches of rain to Yosemite Valley, said the National Weather Service.

Trains in the San Joaquin Valley could be delayed due to flooding, Amtrak tweeted Monday morning. The railroad advised customers to check train status at https://www.amtrak.com/san-joaquin/home.

The National Weather Service Monday reemphasized hazardous weather conditions for the central San Joaquin Valley, including a flood watch through Tuesday morning and a wind advisory through Tuesday evening.

A series of Pacific storms that saturated soils is of particular concern, because of the possibility of excessive runoff as the next front bears down on the region. Cooler temperatures could mitigate those concerns, however, as the snow level is expected to drop to 7,000 feet by Monday afternoon. The wind advisory, which remains in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday, warns that stiff breezes as high as 45 mph are a possibility.

Fresno received 0.13 inches of rain overnight. Other recordings for the region include Merced, 0.19 inches; Madera, also 0.19; Hanford, 0.21; and Visalia, 0.16.

Staff reporters Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado and Andrea Figueroa. Briseno Jim Guy: 559-441-6339, @jimguy27