Shasta Lake nears capacity as water releases increase


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Releases from Shasta Dam at 20-year high. . The lake stood at 96 percent of capacity and 137 percent of the historical average.

Water officials are releasing 70,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Shasta Dam as the lake stands just 5 feet from the top of the reservoir.

This is higher than it should be for this point in time .. The release is necessary for space to allow future storms and to prevent uncontrolled release and flooding.

The reservoir holds 4,552,000 acre-feet and added nearly 4,400,000 acre-feet in Shasta Lake, as of early Monday morning.
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