Dave - I've seen significant areas of Fresno under water from flooding, more than once. It will happen again. Not far outside of Clovis there
are places underlain with vast deposits of fossil megafauna bones from sudden flashfloods hitting the flood plains, probably from ice dams way
up the San Joaquin canyon bursting during the Pleistocene. The museum between Chowchilla and Madera has a nice exhibition of some of these
critters. I sure wouldn't want to tease a shortfaced bear or kick a Harlan's ground sloth in the butt - bigger than a backhoe, with a walnut sized
brain, and claws about a foot long! Reminds me of a few people back in High School.