- Associated Press - Monday, July 7, 2014

SANGER, Calif. (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.

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