The “Big Melt,” as coined by UCLA researcher Daniel Swain, is set to arrive in the Central Valley in the coming weeks, as a record snowpack accumulated months ago will funnel down from the mountaintops through the region’s waterways toward the sea.

At the 9 a.m. Tuesday Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting, the Kern County Fire Department informed officials of how they plan to manage the record outflows and stave intense flooding in low-lying residential areas.