Even though there's still plenty of snow in the Sierra and plenty of warm weather ahead, the California Department of Water Resources says it believes the annual snowmelt has peaked and should now decline. The observation came after a week in which landowners in some low-lying areas coped with flooding that resulted from a record-setting mid-June heat wave.
The eight-day heat wave rapidly melted the snowpack and filled Pine Flat Lake on the Kings River, which prompted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to send a surge of water into the river to make room for more runoff behind the dam. The surge tested levees along the Kings River, which runs through Fresno County and ends in the Tulare Lake Basin in southern Kings County.
Flooding resulted in the evacuation of about 90 homes, caused minor farmland damage and affected a golf course and country club in Kingsburg.