Lake Isabella hits highest level since September 2011, water levels now above 250,000 acre feet

Posted at 5:07 PM, Feb 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 11:43:52-05
UPDATE (Feb. 8, 2017, 8:29 a.m.): Lake Isabella has now surpassed a level not seen since September 18, 2011.
The lake's water levels have gone up about 25,000 acre feet in the last two days.
The lake's levels are now above 250,000 acre feet, sitting at 251,748 acre feet as of this post.

A surprise that Kern County residents haven't heard in years... Strong flowing water in the Kern River, which is causing an overflow of happiness in the city of Kernville.
The scenery was sparked by the numerous atmospheric river events in January and the recent storms this past week.
Today, February 7, 2017, marked a milestone in water levels with both the the Kern River and Lake Isabella.
According to the Kern County Ranger Department, the Kern River is flowing at 7,000 cubic feet per second and Lake Isabella is rising above 240,000 acre feet with even more rain in the forecast. 
It has been seven years since the river has been this full, but with flowing water lies signs of danger.
With all of the rain there has been this winter, there has been several closures and rescues caused by flooding, mudslides, rock slides and debris flows due to the record-breaking water levels.  
But for others, the extra water is just an added benefit of living in Kernville.
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