From Department of Water Resources – This year’s series of winter storms has provided California with much needed rain and snow, even setting an all-time record this year for the Southern Sierra snowpack. While this precipitation has helped ease impacts from the state’s record-breaking drought, it has also resulted in flooding in certain regions throughout the state including the Tulare Lake Basin. DWR and multiple state, federal, and local agencies are working together to prepare for the snowmelt and protect communities from flooding. The Tulare Lake Basin, spanning multiple counties including Tulare, Kings, Kern, and Fresno, is currently home to approximately four million Californians, with most residing in rural communities. (more)