MADERA COUNTY, Calif. (FOX26) — Pacific Gas and Electric issued a warning Wednesday afternoon to people who who live or work near rivers and streams to be aware of higher flows and possible flooding due to the recent rains.
It is possible that PG&E’s Bass Lake/Crane Valley Dam will reach spill levels Wednesday or Thursday as heavy warm rains melt recent snowfall.
Bass Lake is currently at 3,364.23 feet and the spill gates are located at 3,365.7 feet, and inflows are slowly increasing.
It’s not unusual for PG&E ‘s reservoirs to spill during the wettest parts of normal winters, because they tend to have less storage and are located at much higher elevations than state and federal multi-year water storage reservoirs like Millerton Lake and Pine Flat.
PG&E’s reservoirs are designed to capture rain and snowmelt runoff in winter, spring and early summer to generate clean, renewable hydroelectric power.
National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch through Thursday morning for Mariposa, Madera, Fresno and Tulare County foothills as well as the mountains in Tulare and Kern Counties, and Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon.