UPDATE 12:19 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 - The Bureau of Reclamation will increase the releases from the Keswick Dam on Saturday from 25,000 cubic feet per second to between 33,000 and 35,000 cubic feet per second.
The significant increase is because they anticipate the storms over the weekend to be more severe than they originally thought, according to Elizabeth Hadley of the Bureau of Reclamation.
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SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. -The Bureau of Reclamation plans to incrementally increase water releases from the Keswick Dam into the Sacramento River Thursday afternoon.
Those releases are set to start at 2 p.m. Thursday, an increase from 7,000 cubic feet per second to 25,000 cubic feet per second.
The Shasta County Sheriff's Office says Sacramento River levels are expected to increase downstream of Keswick Dam. The Sheriff's Office is asking those who live downstream should take appropriate safety precautions by avoiding the area and using sandbags to prevent flooding.
The Bureau of Reclamation says the increased releases are necessary to meet flood space regulatory requirements within Shasta Reservoir. Depending on current conditions and inflow levels, operational adjustments will be made as necessary and may occur on short notice.
Midnight reservoir elevations and flows from Keswick Dam may be found at Reclamation’s Central Valley Operations Office by clicking here.
Current Sacramento River conditions may be found at the Department of Water Resources’ California Data Exchange Center website by clicking here.