Jack Mitchell’s phone is ringing off the hook these days, but he almost always picks up.

The head of the Deer Creek Storm Water District is busy coordinating crews and heavy equipment at multiple sites as he attempts to shepherd floodwater from the Poso and Deer creeks and White River along the edges of the old Tulare Lake bed.

Lois Henry is the CEO and editor of SJV Water, a nonprofit, independent online news publication dedicated to covering water issues in the San Joaquin Valley. She can be reached at lois.henry@sjvwater.org. The website is sjvwater.org.