Friday, February 10, 2017

RPD warns residents as river rises, high country floods

Tonight we received an automated call from the Redding Police Department notifying everyone in the city who lives near the Sacramento River to watch for rising water. It's the first time in the more than seven years we've lived along the river near Park Marina Drive that we've gotten such a call. Already, Park Marina underneath the Cypress Bridge was closed to traffic today in anticipation of river levels that are expected to rise above the street as water is released from Shasta Dam to make more room in the lake.

Ron Warner, a former Tehama County supervisor, is what I consider the epitome of a citizen journalist. His regular updates on river levels in an around the oft-flooded town of Tehama make his Facebook page a go-to site for area residents. He commented this evening, regarding the rising river's potential impact on the Park Marina area:
Shasta Dam going to a 70,000cfs release sometime Sunday or Monday. Last time they did this was 1997 and a lot of those shops-officess got water in them and the water was as clear as bottled water.
Central Redding remains on alert as swelling rivers at higher elevations are flooding roads and threatening towns. According to Bruce Ross, Redding field representative for Assemblyman Brian Dahle, a court-ordered increase in Klamath River flows below Iron Gate Dam has led to the closure of Highway 96 in Siskiyou County because of flooding.

Meanwhile, my friend and former Tehama Today assignment editor Debra Moore, who's now with Plumas County News, has been posting updates of the storm and its impacts there. Sheriff Greg Hagwood has declared a state of emergency, and leaving or entering the county "is increasingly not an option," the newspaper reports.

From the Shasta County Sheriff's Department via the East Valley Times:
The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all residents to be prepared for any situation during inclement weather. Please have enough food (that will not spoil) and water to last you for at least three days, a first aid kit, needed medications, as well as emergency tools like a radio, cell phone, flashlight and extra batteries, a portable emergency generator that can be used in a well ventilated area, extra blankets, clothing, shoes, and money. Please stay in contact with your friends and families. If you have an emergency, remain calm and ial 9-1-1 for help.
The situation is fluid, if you'll pardon the expression. For regular updates on weather and its impacts, keep watch here and at CapitalPress.com.

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