There is a history of the Tule flooding and I heard many stories about it which inspired a story about flooding and mud slides which came out in 2012, Raging Water.
Raging Water Blurb:
A rash of burglaries and the murder of two women shock the mountain community of Bear Creek. Add a fast-moving thunderstorm that brings torrential rains and Tempe Crabtree, the resident deputy can forget about her days off.
Who would murder two harmless women? Did a drug addict simply want their medications or did they share a secret someone was willing to kill for?
When a massive mud slide blocks the road into town, temporary shelters are set-up, residents high above the river open their homes to friends and neighbors, tensions rise and tempers flare.
The village of Bear Creek in many ways has a strong resemblance to my town of Springville though the fictional place is higher in the mountains.
This is what the Tule River looks like now:
If you haven't read this book in the series yet, it's available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.