Friday March 24, 2023

Modesto Bee

Ray Washburn, who lives on Ash Avenue, adjacent to the San Joaquin, said the river level went down four inches Thursday, despite previous forecasts this week that it would slightly increase.

“We are still good,” Washburn said.

Washburn said his home sits up a little higher than neighbors. He said the man who sold him the property 45 years ago said it was once a landing for steamboats that plied the river in the 1800s.

“It’s the highest I have seen the river in my lifetime,” Washburn said.

The San Joaquin River near Patterson can’t carry much more water without flooding outside its banks.

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