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Snowmelt Creating Cold River Conditions

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Michele Craig is with the Auburn State Recreation Area...which covers the North and Middle Forks of the American River.
She says the water is three-times higher than it was a week ago. It’s also a lot colder, running as low as 47-degrees.
“What’s unusual about it is for us to have really hot weather and that river level with that temperature of water. But for us working in the park service this is drowning weather because it’s so hot outside people want to get in the water and they don’t realize that the temperature’s cold and that it’s so swift.”
Craig expects the high amount of runoff to continue through June and possibly July because of the huge Sierra snowpack.
She says anyone going near the river should wear a life jacket.
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