Snow Melt Quickly Raises Water Levels On The Lower McCloud

As the weather heats up, the epic snowpack in the mountains will become a problem in the foothills. Quickly melting snow has overtaken the McCloud Dam, bringing the flow from 400 cubic feet per second up to around 1,000CFS. To compound the problem, maintenance work is being done at the J.B. Black Powerhouse so less water is being diverted from the McCloud River to Iron Canyon Reservoir and to the Pit River. The work should be done by May 31st. According to PG&E, that means the level of the Lower McCloud will be about a foot-and-a-half higher than usual through the rest of the month from the dam to to Lake Shasta. After the job is complete the flows will be returned to around 200CFS.