Shasta County Dams prepare for fire debris and run-off


After another long day of rain with flooding in Butte County, many are still expressing concerns about debris flows and run-off from fires this summer entering the water ways in Shasta County.

Elizabeth Hadley, the Deputy Area Manager for the Northern California Bureau of Reclamation, said they're keeping an eye on the dam for any logs or other debris headed toward it but as of now they don't have any major concerns.

Hadley said any ash or debris coming into the reservoir will likely dissipate quickly due to the lake's large size and depth.

She also said a lot of the focus of concern remains on Whiskeytown Lake where water agencies are focused on monitoring debris and turbidity. Turbidity refers to the amount of solid matter in the water.

"Throughout our reservoirs we are keeping our eye out on potential debris flows, we're clearing culverts just like everybody is. We're working closely with the National Park Service at Whiskeytown to make sure the roads remain clear," said Hadley.

Hadley added at Shasta Dam they're happy to get the rain, the water level of the lake is only at about 50 percent right now, so she said any additional inches will help replenish the reservoir.

In addition, to help prevent debris getting into important structures in Shasta County, Keswick Dam and Whiskeytown Lake have both installed booms to protect the dam and glory hole.

Two additional booms are also expected to be installed at Shasta Lake in the areas impacted by the Hirz and Delta Fires.

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