Increased River Flows

by AVA News Service, June 9, 2016

[Jun 21-26] Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will increase water flows for maintenance testing at the Potter Valley Powerhouse. The higher flows will begin on June 21 and will continue intermittently until June 26. The flows will increase up to 40 cubic feet per second from the Eel River and down from Scott Dam, as well as the area below Cape Horn Dam.

Those recreating in or near the river are encouraged to use extra caution during the increased flows. This portion of the river contains Class III, IV and V rapids, which are appropriate only for skilled paddlers. The reach is not appropriate for tubing.

PG&E offers the following water safety tips:

Sudden immersion in cold water can stimulate the “gasp reflex,” causing an involuntary inhalation of air or water. It can even trigger cardiac arrest, temporary paralysis, hypothermia and drowning. When faced with swift water, even the strongest swimmers may be easily overwhelmed.

Many unseen obstacles can be lurking below the water’s surface. Swift water can make these obstacles even more treacherous. Guided trips for inexperienced paddlers are recommended.

Recreating in PG&E canals and flumes is strictly prohibited. Stay out of canals and flumes, which are very dangerous due to slippery sides and fast moving water.

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