PG&E to Release High Water Flows into San Joaquin River From Nov 28 – Dec 24

FILE – PG&E to release high water flows into San Joaquin River from Kerckhoff Dam to Millerton Lake. Photo: FOX26

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KMJ/FOX26) — PG&E announced it is planning to increase the flow of water into a portion of the San Joaquin River beginning Sunday, Nov. 28th.

The release will come from the Kerckhoff Dam in Fresno and Madera counties causing potential dangers to those in the water from the dam to Millerton Lake.

PG&E is advising the public to avoid entering the water during the high flow event. Those recreating in or near this part of the river are advised to exercise caution.

The increased flow is expected to last until about Dec. 24th.

The higher flows are necessary while PG&E performs annual maintenance work at the Kerckhoff 2 Powerhouse.

Usually, water is diverted into a tunnel and pipe system from the reservoir to the powerhouse, but while the powerhouse is not operating, all flows will be released to the San Joaquin River.

Flows will slowly increase from 25 to 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) and be held at 500 cfs or more until approximately 5 p.m. on Dec. 24, at which time the releases will be reduced gradually to 25 cfs.PG&E to release high water flows into San Joaquin River from Kerckhoff Dam to Millerton Lake (Courtesy: Google Maps)

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, sub-surface obstacles, fast moving water, and transitions to full tunnels and pipes.

by Stephen Hawkins/ KMPH FOX 26

Listen to the report by KMJ’s Liz Kern.