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More water to be released from Lake Tahoe into Truckee River

The Truckee River flows at Farad, California, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 (SBG)

Water masters planned to release more water from Lake Tahoe into the Truckee River, raising flows across the entire stretch of the river as a result.

Chris Smallcomb with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in an email that flows would rise by about 400-500 cubic-feet-per-second as water was released Wednesday afternoon.

Water masters don't expect any widespread flooding impacts, Smallcomb said, but the river will see its highest flow just below Lake Tahoe since 1999.

The river will be running fast and full, he said, and the public is advised to keep a safe distance away from the water. Bike paths in some places around Reno-Sparks and downstream of Lake Tahoe could also be affected.

Warmer weather could also increase the amount of snowmelt, which could increase the flow of Truckee River tributaries.

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