Truckee River reaches flood stage, attracts tourists
Friday, May 5, 2017, 1:59 - Rushing water in the Truckee River has become the latest tourist attraction in the Tahoe-area, according to local media reports.
Above-average snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada has helped replenish the river, which flows through California and Nevada.
The Truckee River from Lake Tahoe Dam to Truckee was under a Flood Advisory for part of Tuesday.
Visitors from as far as Florida have since been flocking to the river to witness something that has not been seen in several years.
"It's so beautiful, crips and clear compared to Florida,” tourist Mark Quinlan told KCRA. “We have so much humidity."
The rushing water equally impresses locals, especially after years of drought across the western region, the news network reported.
The Truckee River in October (thanks to Google Maps) and today 😳 pic.twitter.com/Pmsk0jgo6Y— Benjamin Margiott (@BenMargiott) May 2, 2017
“Having grown up here in the summers, on the other side of this dam, you could just walk out there because there was no water to go to the lake,” shared Steve Wolfe. “We couldn't be any happier."
In anticipation of even more runoff from now until June - water officials increased flows out of Lake Tahoe last week and are keeping a close watch on releases at the lake Tahoe Dam.
Latest data from TruckeeRiver.org showed flows from Lake Tahoe into the Truckee River were running 2,000 cubic-feet-per-second.
Spring flow, Truckee River, Verdi, Nevada. pic.twitter.com/ihlrnwKbCd— John Sims (@johnsims1) April 30, 2017
Truckee River is raging right now. pic.twitter.com/EhcwR40UN7— Bill Martin (@BillMartinKTVU) May 3, 2017
Truckee river moving fast and COLD pic.twitter.com/1VnH8T3z7k— Eric Bailey (@ebayly) May 3, 2017