The Mokelumne River Day Use Area will be closed this weekend due to public safety issues generated by late-season mountain snowfall and Tuesday's storm.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District will increase its water releases to 5,000 cubic feet per second from Camanche Reservoir by noon today, according to a press release. The increase comes after the district increased the flows to 4,000 cfs Thursday night.
Last year, the river flowed at only about 1,000 cfs.
The recreation area will remain closed until the flows subside.
The Mokelumne River will also likely be closed starting today. The Director of San Joaquin County Parks is expected to make a decision on whether to close the river for the July 4th weekend by this afternoon.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office will continue to monitor the river's conditions.
The last time the district released this amount of water was in 2006, which was another record year for water output. Before that, it was when there was a slight spill from the Camanche Reservoir in 1997.
Read Friday's paper or check Lodinews.com throughout the day for more updates.