High Water at the Sunrise Bike Bridge

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Yesterday, after capturing photos of Nimbus Dam scenes, I traveled downstream to the Recreational Area, along the American River Parkway at Sunrise Boulevard. The bike and foot bridge there is experiencing high water levels because of releases from the dam gates at Nimbus, which are all open.  

The pictures below, illustrate how rapidly the waters are moving, and drives home the dangers to those who get too close. 

In the second photo below, you will notice the bridge side rails have been laid over. Should flows from the dam upstream become more robust, the lowered railings facilitate water and debris more easily passing over the top.

Several fisherman, and homeless with their dogs have required rescue, because of water levels which rose quickly!

News reports this evening, state Sacramento has received aproximately 178% of normal rainfall year-to-date.  Thursday's storm provided 1.84" in 24 hours. That's good news, but concern for the Sierra snow pack, which feeds the rivers in spring and early summer, has received a mere 66% of normal snow fall, in the Lake Tahoe area. 

We need snow!

Sunrise Bike Bridge - Sacramento

Sunrise Bike Bridge - Sacramento

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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Is that near where we went fishing, Myrl? I think the only time I have been to the American River was with you, well, apart from showing houses there. Yes, I know, I work too much. But wow, the river looks like it's about to flow right over that foot bridge!!!

Dec 17, 2016 08:43 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents - No, this footbridge is near Sunrise Boulevard.  We were fishing up at Nimbus, where the pictures I posted yesterday is.

Dec 17, 2016 08:52 AM #8
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hope that you get it Myrl-with Global Warming, who knows how much snow we will be getting anywhere-New England is also suffering.

Dec 17, 2016 10:07 AM #9
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Quick a difference between the photo you took a few years ago to the ones you posted today.  That's a lot of water.

Dec 17, 2016 11:14 AM #10
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Myrl,  Awareness and taking steps to prevent the need to be rescued is the key. Homeless and their pets are not online reading weather reports.  So glad the fishermen, homeless and their pets are being rescued. 

The snow will come too.  

Dec 17, 2016 03:42 PM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your photographs.

Dec 17, 2016 04:54 PM #12
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Ill trade you some snow. We have had more snow this December than all of last winter Myrl Jeffcoat 

Dec 18, 2016 05:23 AM #13
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Myrl Jeffcoat ,

Wow..looking at the photo from a few years ago and then today tells the story! It's important the fishermen, homeless and their pets are being rescued.  

Dec 18, 2016 08:51 AM #14
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Myrl, wow.. those are dangerous conditions. Flooding is a serious problem and the consequences such as what happening in your area from all the arin you got also are very dangerous. 

Dec 18, 2016 11:46 AM #15
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I am glad that you are finally getting the rain you guys so desperately needed, I will pray for snow now. Sometimes the rain does come all at once! Have a good Sunday!

Dec 18, 2016 01:45 PM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Have a great Sunday evening and an outstanding week.

Thanks so much for your comments on my blogs.

Dec 18, 2016 04:44 PM #17
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The water levels are up and the water is flowing.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 18, 2016 05:07 PM #18
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Myrl - your photos speak volumes about the current situation and our ongoing drought conditions.  In SoCal, where we have had some rain, it's nothing compared to our Northern neighbors. 

Dec 19, 2016 07:33 AM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Myrl

That's pretty remarkable to see, and scary too.. Having more rain is a good thing overall, but certainly not when it comes in large quantities during short periods of time.


Dec 19, 2016 08:17 AM #20
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Myrl, I hope the water issues have subsided and things are back to a more normal state. 

Dec 19, 2016 01:35 PM #21
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Myrl Jeffcoat - I can see how dangerous this could be, especially to people who are not familiar with your area. Poor animals and aqua life too! Hikers need to be knowledgeable and take safe measures to not take chances. High waters put everyone, including rescue crews in danger. 

This is an extraordinary message for public awareness and I hope it gets featured! I also pray no one drowns or gets lost or  hurt. Thank you for raising awareness, Myrl!

Dec 19, 2016 01:47 PM #22
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Myrl.  Nice job of capturing what can rapidly become a dangerous situation.

Dec 20, 2016 04:20 PM #23
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Great photos Myrl! That's quite a difference in the water level!

Dec 21, 2016 05:10 AM #24
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks for sharing the experience with photos, Myrl. I do hope you get plenty of snowpak over the next few months - that's where drought prevention comes in big time. 

Dec 21, 2016 09:27 AM #25
Scott W. Johnson
Marindependent Insurance Services LLC - Mill Valley, CA
Insurance Broker-Agent

Yes Rain Rain Go Away

Jan 16, 2017 08:17 PM #26
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