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Flooding, mud cause roadblock near Mendota

Mendota flooding

Police shut down Belmont Avenue just west of Mendota on Friday due to a flood of water and mud stemming from an overflow at Panoche Creek.
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Police shut down Belmont Avenue just west of Mendota on Friday due to a flood of water and mud stemming from an overflow at Panoche Creek.

A stretch of Belmont Avenue just west of Mendota will be closed this weekend as a result of a flood of water and mud stemming from an overflow of Panoche Creek.

Police shut down Belmont Avenue just west of Mendota on Friday.

Heavy rains fell Thursday night. Then the National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for the area until 2 p.m. Friday.

Slow-moving water was reported on Belmont and San Diego avenues when a drainage basin for the creek overflowed with runoff from the Diablo Range west of town.

The California Highway Patrol’s incident information page reported that Belmont between San Diego and the Mendota city limits will remain closed throughout the weekend.

As of 12:30 p.m., the weather service and police did not know how much water was in the roadway – only that it had been flooded.

Employees at the Pizza Factory and Mendota Junior High School in the southwestern part of town received an emergency alert from police. Water had not reached the city, but they were told it could possibly reach their businesses Friday night.

Flooding of Panoche Creek has occurred regularly over the years and long has been a concern in Mendota.

The storm system that brought the rains will have moved out of the Valley by Saturday. Mendota is forecast to have patchy fog Saturday morning, which will give way to partly sunny skies, with the high reaching 81 degrees. Sunday will be mostly sunny with a high of 77.

Rainfall totals as of Friday morning:

  • Fresno 0.16 inches
  • Madera .14
  • Merced .07
  • Porterville .16
  • Visalia .45
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