The Board of Supervisors to discuss placing multiple warning signs about the dangers of Kern River

Posted at 8:35 AM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 11:35:01-04

The Board of Supervisors are set to vote on placing 18 warning signs in the Hart Memorial Park area on Tuesday night.

2017 was exceptionally busy for search and rescue crews due to extraordinary conditions in the river.

In the year of 2016 there were 20 river calls. This year there have been 120 river calls and searches as of early Aug.

According to a county report, 13 people have lost their lives in the Kern River this year. Five of which entered the river from the property of Hart Park, Lake Ming, the Kern River Park, campgrounds and Kern River Golf Course and picnic areas.

When compared to the 13 total lives lost in the river from the year 2012 to 2016, this is an astonishing number. Four people who got swept away by the current are still missing. 

While there are signs in the Kern River Canyon, there aren't any permanent signs in or around Hart Park.

Officials say crews will work with first responders to determine where exactly the signs would be placed in the area and would be in both English and Spanish.

They say this will help inform the public of the dangers of the current, particularly those who are from out of town.