Wednesday January 24, 2024


he recent rainfall has further boosted the outlook at Shasta Lake this year.

Water levels have risen nearly 10 feet in just the past week. Currently, California’s largest reservoir is only 43 feet from capacity and over 40 feet higher than it was at this point in 2023. Highlighting the recent climb in water levels: the dam’s ‘drum gates’ have been raised to protect water from possibly seeping over.

With more rainfall expected in the weeks ahead, the Bureau of Reclamation is still not concerned about too much water, yet.

“We still have room in the reservoir for flood control,” explained Don Bader, Area Manager for the Bureau. “So we still have another 10 feet of room that we can have more storms come in before we would start flood operations.”

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