On Wednesday, the Bureau of Reclamation increased flows of the Shasta Dam to alleviate water storage in Shasta Lake, sending more water down the Sacramento River. The area most susceptible to the high flows of the Sacramento River, portions of Redding’s Park Marina Drive, will close in anticipation of flooding.
The increased flows and road closures are no surprise, as this sort of process seems to happen every few years. Park Marina is beautifully set right along the Sacramento River in the middle of town, but is very susceptible to flooding, as seen here in March of 2017:
The portion of Park Marina between Locust Street and Parkview Avenue will close at 7 am on Thursday in anticipation of the water flows increasing to 40,000 cubic feet per second. Officials discussed pushing it to 50,000 cfs, but decided they will not have to execute that option.
Shasta Lake currently sits at 87 percent capacity and 118 percent of its historical average. Water from Shasta Dam flows into Keswick Reservoir, through the Keswick Dam and into the Sacramento River.
People are urged to avoid flooded areas around the Sacramento River, specifically Park Marina Drive in the upcoming days.