Photos show Yosemite flooding as major river swells
A warm spell has hastened the melt-off from Yosemite National Park’s nearly unprecedented snowpack and brought minor flooding to Yosemite Valley. Over the past week, the Merced River has periodically spilled onto the valley’s roads, trails and campgrounds, and more on-and-off flooding is expected through the Memorial Day weekend. Yosemite Valley closed for two days in late April because of the flood risk, but park officials say they don’t expect to go that route this time. They’re advising visitors to be mindful of high water on roads and caution against getting too close to rivers and creeks. Already, two people caught in the swift currents of the Merced River had to be plucked out by rescue crews.
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