Winter may be coming to an end, but the affects it can leave behind are far from over. Warm days are ahead and rising temperatures will be melting snow, which could cause flooding in certain areas. Butte County officials are keeping a close eye on nearby streams and rivers and areas prone to flooding, but say so far so good. " In Butte County we are assessing the situation as we constantly do, but at this point as we speak we don't foresee any problems", said Butte County Public Works Assistant Director Shawn O'Brien.
Unfortunately for Shasta County that's not the case. Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko has ordered a stop to all recreational boating on the Sacramento River. That comes after release from the Shasta County Dam was raised to 50,000 cubic feet per second. " Because of the increased flow there could be something that is submerged under the water that could create a hazard too so that's why we put the restrictions up there", explained Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko.
In anticipation of the increased flow from the Shasta Dam, the Feather, American, Yuba and Bear rivers have been dialed back. Release from the Oroville Dam into the Feather River has now dropped from 20,000 cubic feet per second to 17,500, and the public works departments says so far all streams and rivers are cooperating in the butte county area. " The creeks are actually going down, and the river, the Sacramento river is projected to stay at it's current level", said O'Brien.
Some areas in Butte County are still flooded from recent storms, the public works department continues to monitor those areas, but is not expecting those areas to worsen from the melting snow. " At this time of the year, we do monitor the creeks and the river and we will continue to do so", explained O'Brien.