Published On: Wed, Feb 15th, 2017

Sacramento River flows ease; caution should remain high

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Although releases from Keswick Dam into the Sacramento River are being reduced from historic amounts, Redding residents are urged to remain vigilant near waterways, including tributary creeks and drainage in the next few day

Although releases from Keswick Dam into the Sacramento River are being reduced from historic amounts, Redding residents are urged to remain vigilant near waterways, including tributary creeks and drainage in the next few days.

Flows from Keswick into the river reached 83,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) late Tuesday (February 14) but were being reduced by the Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) today in anticipation of rain, possibly heavy, through at least Friday (February 17). The high flows were intended to increase capacity at Shasta Lake as more inflow is anticipated from upcoming storms. Once dry weather returns, flows are expected to increase to 79,000 cfs, according to the Bureau.

Redding Fire officials warn residents to use caution during the rains as surrounding creeks and urban streams can rise quickly. Brief, heavy downpours also can cause flash flooding, making roadways hazardous. Even small depths of water can present safety issues for vehicles and motorists should avoid them. Accumulated flows from tributaries could cause the Sacramento River to remain high south of Redding, even if Keswick flows are reduced.

Parts of Park Marina Drive already have been closed due to the high flows, which are expected to affect additional portions of the street. While river flows will be reduced to 49,000 cfs late today, parts of the roadway still will be closed to traffic and motorists should take alternate routes.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office is warning homeowners whose properties are adjacent to the Sacramento River to take precautionary measures such as moving personal property to higher ground and/or sandbagging.  Public safety crews remain ready to assist in case of emergencies. Sandbag information can be found at http://www.cityofredding.org/departments/public-works/sand-bags.

On Friday, the Sheriff closed the Sacramento River to recreational use and boating. As a result, the City of Redding has closed boat ramps within the City. These include ramps at the Rodeo Grounds, Lake Redding, Park Marina Drive and South Bonnyview area. Closures will be lifted as soon as the river is deemed safe.