Record high California reservoir levels pose risks to travelers
High water levels at California reservoirs and other waterways could pose a threat to outdoor recreation this Memorial Day weekend, prompting officials to warn against swimming or boating in rivers teeming from winter’s heavy rainfall. … Holiday travelers are being asked to avoid waterways overflowing with melted snow from this year’s record-breaking storm season. Adding to the risk, water managers have begun diverting water from major reservoirs as they approach capacity, and sending it into rivers across the state. Placer officials have reason to urge caution: several people have already been swept into the American River that courses through the county, necessitating extensive search and rescue missions.
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