|Above, Tenaya Creek in Yosemite Valley. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
ABC 7 Eyewitness News reports that California's snowpack is nearly double what is normal. I guess this means that the state's drought is over.
PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. -- Warming springtime temperatures in California are expected to accelerate melting of the state's record snowpack, sending water surging down a major river in Yosemite National Park that could overflow its banks, officials said Monday.
Reservoirs downstream from the Sierra Nevada have been lowered in anticipation of the heavier-than-normal runoff, said reservoirs managers. The current snowpack is double its normal size.
The snowmelt flows downhill during warm months into reservoirs and canals, which supply one-third of the water used by residents of the most populous U.S. state. It also irrigates crops in the nation's most productive farming state.
Forecasters warned that they expect the Merced river within Yosemite will hit flood stage in the middle of the week.
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