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Releases from Shasta and Keswick dams increasing even more

Releases are expected to reach 40,000 CFS by late Thursday morning.

Posted: Mar 6, 2019 7:02 PM

Starting Thursday, releases from Shasta and Keswick dams into the Sacramento River will be increased significantly

The Bureau of Reclamation says it will be increasing releases from the dams to 40,000 cubic feet per second (CFS) beginning at 7PM.

That’s up from 30,000 CFS, and they should be fully at 40,000 by 11AM.

With the increased releases and potential for flooding, the Shasta County Office of Emergency Services says they are closely monitoring the situation.

“Basically, it's a daily assessment, if not hourly at times to monitor the situation and what's happening if it's out there unfolding and especially with the weather unpredictability with this weather pattern,” Lt. Anthony Bertain said.

He says specialty teams are ready to go if needed for response to the river.

They held a special training on the water Wednesday in preparation for any emergencies that may arise due to the higher river levels.

They warn people to stay off the river and stay away from the low lying areas prone to flooding.

They say not only is it a danger for the public, but it also puts first responders at risk if they have to go into those dangerous situations to save someone.

They also stress to have a plan and stock up on food and emergency supplies in case you can't get out of your home especially if you live in those low lying areas prone to flooding.

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