SACRAMENTO -- Water levels on the lower American River will begin rising this week as the Bureau of Reclamation increases water flows from Folsom Reservoir.
The recent rains that caused some flooding along creeks in the foothills are causing water levels in Folsom to rise to 127 percent of average, although it is still at 60 percent of capacity.
But water is being released to save room to protect against floods in the Sacramento region.
"Flood control and safety of people and property is our utmost concern," said Bureau of Relamation spokesperson Shane Hunt.
Water flows will go from 1,300-cubic-feet-per-second to 8,000-cubic-feet-per-second by Wednesday. The bureau is asking people who visit the lower American River below Nimbus Dam, like fishermen, to be cautious.
Water levels in the Sacramento River are going up as well, with the added danger of floating debris like tree trunks that have been washed into the river by swollen tributaries.
Shasta and Oroville dams are not releasing more water because they have more room for storage. But uncontrolled streams and creeks in the watershed are flowing into the Sacramento River