Summer water conditions on the Kings River came at least a couple of months early last week.
A series of storm in recent weeks, dropping above average amounts of rain in the Valley and foothills and snow in the Sierra Nevada, brought river water levels up considerably in the past week-plus. It also caused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin flood-prevention releases on March 8 from PIne Flat Reservoir in the mountains northeast of Reedley.
That caused the river flow to swell to normal summer month levels on March 9. The water releases began when Pine Flat Reservoir reached about 65 percent of its million cubic-feet capacity. Steve Haugen, Kings River watermaster with the Kings River Water ASsociation, said the Army Corps of Engineers decided on March 6 to begin the releases after overall storage began to encroach into space reserved for flood management.
The water releases brought flow levels to each bank of the river through Reedley.
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