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Keswick Dam to increase flow through the weekend, roads to close

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SHASTA LAKE, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation plans to increase the Keswick Dam flow beginning Thursday and going through Sunday.

The Bureau plans to begin the release increase Thursday evening. Releases are expected to reach 50,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Friday, 60,000 cfs on Saturday and 70,000 cfs on Sunday, Feb. 12.

According to officials, the increased flow is necessary to meet flood space regulatory requirements within the Shasta Reservoir.

The City of Redding will be closing Park Marina Drive under the Cypress Avenue Bridge beginning Friday as the dam flow increases.

People along the Sacramento River downstream of Keswick Dam can expect river levels to increase and should take appropriate safety precautions.

Park Marina Drive will be closed at its intersection with Locust Street on the north and Parkview Avenue to the south. Motorists are directed to use Athens Avenue as an alternate route to cross Cypress Avenue.

Midnight reservoir elevation and flows from Keswick Dam may be found at Reclamation's Central Valley Operations Office website at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvo/vungvari/wtr_rpt.pdf. Current Sacramento River conditions may be found at the Department of Water Resources' California Data Exchange Center website at http://cdec.water.ca.gov/river/upsacto1Stages.html.

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