‘Big Melt’ flood concerns persist across California

Apr 29, 2023
San Jose Mercury

Even as the spring heat wave that’s thawed California’s record Sierra Nevada snowpack comes to a close, communities across the Central Valley and the state’s northeastern mountains are continuing to prepare for potentially dangerous flooding.

Already, near-overflowing rivers triggered the closure of much of Yosemite National Park on Friday. The Yosemite Valley, home to many of the famous cliffs and waterfalls in the park, was expected to re-open for day-use only on Sunday morning before a full opening Monday morning, when a flood warning for the area was set to expire.

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