Officials triple water releases out of Keswick Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation plans to increase releases to 35,000 cpfs over the weekend but can go up to 55,000 cpfs if the storms are as strong as anticipated.

Posted: Mar 1, 2019 8:03 AM
Updated: Mar 2, 2019 1:12 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif - Water releases out of Keswick Dam and into the Sacramento River have more than tripled.

Now, more increases are expected in the coming days.

The Bureau of Reclamation plans to increase releases to 35,000 cubic feet per second over the weekend and even 55,000 cfps depending on the storms.

This means that more water could be heading downstream and could affect people living along the Sacramento River.

The sheriff's department did say due to recent flood activity people living in that area should take precautions including the use of sandbags.

So why release more water if the river is already flooding? 

The Bureau of Reclamation says water levels at Shasta Dam are too high for this time of year and thought that through their process felt it was safe to release more water.

The Bureau is encouraging everyone to be safe and keep an eye on rising river levels. They say they are continually monitoring their release schedules.

In fact, on Thursday, the department held a meeting with local law enforcement officials before deciding to release any more water for this weekend.

This allowed law enforcement to prepare a safety plan in case of any flooding.

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