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SACRAMENTO -- The day started with another rescue on the rising American River just as a major rainstorm hit.

Three homeless people and their dog apparently didn't get the warnings put out by park rangers, sheriff's deputies, fire personnel and the sheriff's department helicopter. They got stranded on an island as the water levels rose and were boated to safety.

Dozens of curiosity seekers came to Nimbus Dam to witness all 18 of its gates releasing water. None of the gates were open last week. But that was before the Bureau of Reclamation began releasing water from Folsom Reservoir as more rain runoff spilled into it.

Several public access points on the American River bike trail were closed due to high water.

The pedestrian bridge at Sunrise Boulevard was shut down because water was expected to flow over the top by the end of the day.

Water flows that were at 1,200 cubic feet per second went to 35,000 cubic feet second at the end of Thursday.

While the heavy rain is expected to end on Friday, park rangers say the reservoir releases mean the water may keep rising even if the sun comes out. The park closures will remain in effect through the weekend.