Heavy rains prompt water releases at some reservoirs, Tahoe snow level rises
KTVU San Francisco
Recent unseasonably heavy storms have required operators to drain water from reservoirs in Solano and Santa Clara Counties while 10 inches of snow fell overnight at South Lake Tahoe, water agency officials said.
The Warm Springs Dam near Healdsburg in Sonoma County rose by 11,984 acre-feet on Sunday alone from rainfall and runoff, according to Sudhakar Talawki, a spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources.
The spillage prompted the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, which oversees the dam, to drain more than 6,100 acre-feet out of Lake Sonoma and another 3,400 as of Tuesday, Talawki said.
"We are definitely at more (rain) than what we would expect for this time of year," Talawki said.
In Santa Clara County, the Coyote Dam north of Gilroy has risen nine acre-feet since Sunday and the Santa Clara County Water District had to release 302 acre-feet to save space for possible flood waters, according to Mark Merritt, associate engineer for the district.
Water levels at the 10 reservoirs overseen by the Santa Clara district lifted by more than 88,000 acre feet as of today, an increase of upwards of 16,000 acre feet since Sunday, Merritt said.
"If you looked at all Decembers over the last 20 years, we're at 109 percent above our average levels," Merritt said.
"In terms of reservoir storage, we are above average, which is a good thing," Merritt said. "Compared to last year, this is much better. We had a very dry November and December last year."
The district this week released waters from four of its reservoirs into to creeks and ponds as levels reached safety limits set for the dams, Merritt said.
At the Lexington Dam near Los Gatos, the water level rose by one acre-foot between Tuesday and this morning and eight acre-feet since Sunday, Merritt said.
Early rainfall in California has also expanded the snow pack statewide to 146 percent of normal for this time in December, according to the state water agency.
At the state's Heavenly Valley measuring station at South Lake Tahoe, falling snow boosted the accumulated snow level from 48 inches on Tuesday to 58 inches today, the water agency reported.
The Heavenly Mountain Resort, a ski facility, has seen a record amount of snowfall this December, according to Russ Pecoraro, resort spokesman.
"We're heading into our snowiest months, January, February and March, so it is shaping up to be a great year for snowfall," Pecoraro said.
- Tibetan Monks Return to Placerville for 10th Year! January 2nd - January 15th
- Free, Walk-in Vaccination Clinics for Back-to-School Immunizations Children
- Jan. 24, 1848: Gold is discovered at Sutter’s Mill, setting off California Gold Rush
- National Tax Limitation Committee Political Action Committee Endorses Nutting, Stracener, and Barb
- District IV Candidates and Initiatives - controversial candidates and confusing issues
Today's Top Stories:
- EL DORADO COUNTY ARREST and REPORT LOG 2014-09-29
- EL DORADO COUNTY ARREST and REPORT LOG 2014-09-28
- Fire Fighters Accused of Calling Fire 'Out' Prematurely in Initial Spread of King Fire
- Editorial - Vote no on disastrous Measure M
- Year-round Camino Farmers market opens today with “Meet the Farmers”
- Camino Comes together to Help Fire Victims
- New local group forms "Alliance for Responsible Planning"
- New reality show, "Sheriffs…El Dorado County” -- No Kidding!
- "Recovering from Wildfire" Workshop in El Dorado County for Residents
- Opinion - At the crossroads, Cedar Ravine Road and Main Street
- Not King Fire 7 hours 44 min ago
- you want to defeat this 9 hours 1 min ago
- "deeply flawed"?if he doesn't 21 hours 5 min ago
- Not sure it was "loaded" per PC 25850 23 hours 49 min ago
- Make the old courthouse a shrine to EDC judicial corruption! 1 day 2 hours ago
- Is Vern Pierson gay/bi? 1 day 2 hours ago
- Well Duah! 1 day 5 hours ago
- Vern's guy. 2 days 38 min ago
- Al was driving a model A not 2 days 1 hour ago
- Picture is NOT King Fire!!! 2 days 4 hours ago