Caution Urged As Temperatures Rise

Caution Urged As Temperatures Rise
Local Waterways Will Pose Hazards

The National Weather Service out of Las Vegas warned Friday that an extended stretch of  warmer weather over the next several days will accelerate snowmelt along the Eastern Sierra  slopes of Inyo County.

Temperatures are forecast to rise to the mid- to high 80s through Thursday. With the arrival of  summer-like temperatures, all creeks, streams, and rivers will be running high and fast, leading  to the very likely possibility of minor flooding.

Most local waterways are already running very near maximum capacity and local agencies such  as Inyo County, Caltrans, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have worked for  months to minimize anticipated flooding, including clearing debris from channels and culverts,  and installing new and/or reinforcing existing infrastructure.

While it may be tempting to get out there this weekend and enjoy some water related recreation, the public is advised to stay away from all local waters besides Diaz Lake, Millpond, and Buckley Ponds.

“Due to their swift currents and very cold water temperatures, creeks and streams pose life threatening dangers,” the National Weather Service warned in a hydrologic outlook posted  online Thursday. “Extra caution should be exercised as exhaustion or unconsciousness from  hypothermia could set in quickly. Always wear a properly fitted life jacket for all water activities.”

Additionally, Inyo National Forest Service campgrounds will be at risk of flooding, as will roads  used to access campgrounds and hiking trailheads. Pastureland or farmland adjacent to creeks,  streams, and rivers could experience areas of flooding, as well as a prolonged period of standing  water.

The public is strongly urged to avoid driving through flooded areas or around any closures or  barricades. Emergency response capabilities are limited.

Residents who are not already signed up to receive emergency alerts from the County may visit to do so.

Additional Resources 

The Ready Inyo site,, is the main hub for County of Inyo emergency  readiness, response, and recovery information including preparedness tips, sandbag  information, and road closures, as well as surveys asking for community feedback and  engagement.

The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office posts frequent runoff and flood updates at

Visit for LADWP updates for run-off management. For further information on cold water go to

(From Inyo County Administrator’s Office, Office of Emergency Services, Sheriff’s Office)

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