Folsom Lake rises as downstream releases to increase

Folsom Lake’s water level continues to rise as water releases are scheduled Thursday to increase downstream flows on the American River.

Between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning, the lake rose roughly five feet.

The amount of water flowing into the lake after days of rain and snow has surpassed 30,000 cubic feet per second. That is the greatest amount of water flowing into the lake since mid-December.

Meanwhile, the outflow, as of 6:30 a.m., stood at 4,622 cubic feet per second.

The lake level stood at 408 feet Thursday morning and was at 44 percent capacity. That’s compared to the same time last year when Folsom Lake stood at just 25 percent capacity.

Nimbus Dam operators are scheduled to almost quadruple the amount of water passing through the dam gates Thursday morning.

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