Clouds are reflected in the still waters of a channel off Fish Slough Road in Bishop this spring.
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Owens Valley prepares for potential flooding

Clouds are reflected in the still waters of a channel off Fish Slough Road in Bishop this spring.

The clouds are reflected in the still waters of a water channel off Fish Slough Road in Bishop. With a season of record snowfall in the Sierras, the the Owens Valley is preparing for possible floods when the snowpack starts melting.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Park ranger Jeff Burton, center, oversees a group of volunteers during an archeological dig at the Manzanar National Historic Site in Independence. With record rain and snow in the area he is fearful that two local creeks could overflow into Manzanar and inundate parts of the site.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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The iconic monument in the cemetery at the Manzanar National Historic Site. With record rain and snow in the area rangers are fearful that two local creeks could overflow into Manzanar and inundate parts of the site.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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The irrigation gates and valves are ready on this slough that runs next to the Owens River.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Kathy Jefferson Bancroft, tribal historic preservation officer for the Lone Pine Paiute-Shoshone Reservation, stands in the middle of the dusty, saline Owens Lake.

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Heavy equipment is in place to remove debris from the Los Angeles Aqueduct as it flows near Lone Pine. 

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Sprinklers are part of the billion dollar dust mitigation system in place in the dry and dusty Owens Lake. With a season of record snowfall in the Sierras, the Owens Valley is preparing for possible floods when the snowpack starts melting.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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A DWP employee takes water readings March 25 on a tributary of the Owens River near Bishop. With a season of record snowfall in the Sierras, the Owens Valley is preparing for possible floods when everything starts melting.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Trucks still go about their daily work on the dusty Owens Lake. With a season of record snowfall in the Sierras, the Owens Valley is preparing for possible floods when the snowpack starts melting.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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Lone Pine Peak, left, and other peaks in the Eastern Sierra are still covered with snow in late March.

 (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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