As this story from the Sacramento Bee reports, which is what happens when you don’t have enough water storage in the American River.
Now it’s starting to melt, and quickly.
As state officials completed the final snowpack survey of the season Monday, forecasters predicted high river flows throughout spring into midsummer…
In Sacramento, county officials warned boaters and other recreational users about high flows on the American River this spring. Already Monday afternoon, a raft with five people aboard capsized when it hit a pedestrian bridge on the American River near Sunrise Boulevard. Three rafters made it to shore but two were left clinging to the bridge pilings until rescuers reached them.
Kim Nava, spokeswoman for Sacramento County Regional Parks, urged residents to avoid swift waters – or wear a life vest if they insist on going into the rivers. “Even the strongest swimmer can be pulled under,” she said.
Nava added that bicyclists and trail runners shouldn’t expect to see Discovery Park, submerged by the American River, to open any time soon.