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Flooding in Lake Isabella area due to snow melt pouring in

Posted at 5:38 PM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 20:38:15-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Heavy rains hitting California are impacting big picture weather and that's leading to flooding in the Kern River Valley.

Roads are flooded through the Kern River Valley with a mix of warm rains and snow melting. This is leading to the fast and heavy influx of water in the valley.

Heavy rain hitting Kern County is having a domino effect causing the snow melt to pour into the Kern River and Lake Isabella. This is causing the roads to flood, forcing local crews to keep power lines up and filling the river.

Lake Isabella is seeing a gain, jumping from 141,000 feet Tuesday to more than 144,000 acre feet on Wednesday, which the Army Corps of Engineers says is a lot for one day, but is no where near full.

While this flooding is causing chaos, CHP says this is nothing new. Authorities in the Kern River Valley are bracing for a busy summer and a full river.