REDDING, Calif. - The Sacramento River has been reopened to the public nearly a month after high water forced its closure by county officials.
On February 10 the Sacramento River was closed in Shasta County to all recreational use due to dangerous conditions created by high river flows. At that time, dam releases were increased to more than 50,000 cfs in order to maintain proper flood storage levels in Shasta Lake. The closure was an emergency order put in place for public safety.
Effective March 6, 2017, the emergency order was lifted and the Sacramento River has been re-opened for boating, public and recreational use due to the decreased river flows.
According to officials, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has been incrementally decreasing release from Shasta Lake over the last week. Current flows are around 31,000 cfs and projected to drop to around 14,000 cfs by Friday.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public to use caution when accessing the river and to be aware of swift currents and potentially excessive debris caused by high water flows. Citizens using watercraft are encouraged to wear their life jackets while on the river.
The California Department of Water Resources has a 24/7 Joint Flood Operations Center. For more information please visit their website http://www.water.ca.gov/floodmgmt/hafoo/fob/focs/ or you may call 916-574-2619 for flood forecasts and additional warnings to the public.