Authorities Release Water As Shasta Lake Reaches Capacity

Shasta Lake had been decimated by the state’s  five year drought.  Now authorities are releasing water as levels near overflow. 

From SFGate:  “The lake stood at 96 percent of capacity and 137 percent of the historical average, as of midnight Monday, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

Water officials are releasing 70,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Shasta Dam as the lake stands just 5 feet from the top of the reservoir, the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said.”

Jamie Hannigan, who resides in the Shasta area, sent photos after record snow and rainfall filled the reservoir to near capacity.  And now, keep in mind, there is more precipitation on the way.  

The Lake Nears Capacity 

The Release of Water has begun

Lake Shasta with Mount Shasta in the distance

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