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Flooding Forces 2,000 Residents To Evacuate In Kern County

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MCFARLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Kern County Fire Department says major flooding in California’s San Joaquin Valley is forcing evacuation of 2,000 residents of the farming community of McFarland.

The evacuation was called at late morning Monday after days of record-setting rain in California.

Fire spokesman Sean Collins estimates between 400 and 500 homes are in danger of flooding.

The source of the flooding is not clear but may be from overflowing irrigation canals that supply water to farms.

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