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Don’t panic: ‘Full-scale’ training exercise planned at Folsom Dam next week

Seen Folsom Dam lately? Watch water released at 25,000 cubic feet per second

Folsom Dam, in preparation for more rain to the region, was releasing water at 25,000 cubic feet per second on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.
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Folsom Dam, in preparation for more rain to the region, was releasing water at 25,000 cubic feet per second on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.

A multi-agency training exercise Wednesday will bring a large presence of law enforcement and emergency responders to Folsom Dam.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which owns and operates Folsom Dam, announced a “full-scale training exercise” at and near the dam between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday.

“The public may see emergency response vehicles and personnel throughout the day participating in the exercise at the dam or on the surrounding federal property,” the bureau said Thursday in a news release.

All nearby public roadways, including Folsom-Auburn Road and the Folsom Lake Crossing bridge, will remain open during the exercise. Some areas of Beals Point at Folsom Lake will be roped off, but the park itself will stay open, according to the news release.

The Folsom Police Department, Folsom Fire Department, California State Parks and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office are participating in the training.

Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.
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