SANGER (AP) — Water officials are looking into what caused a levee to burst, sending flood waters rushing across a Fresno County highway and into farmland and five homes.
Officials say a section of the Alta Irrigation District main canal levee ruptured Sunday evening.
Water flooded across Highway 180 near Sanger, prompting a temporary shutdown of the westbound lane.
State fire Capt. Ryan Michaels says the water was knee-high in some areas and most families stayed put.
Five homes were flooded, but Michaels did not have a damage estimate. Michaels says a control valve near Avocado Lake was closed to stop the flow of water to the canal, which kept the overflow to a minimum.
Investigators are working to pin down the cause of the breach.