Russian River expected to rise as agencies release water for flood control

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This weekend's storm will help improve our drought outlook. In Sonoma County, agencies will actually release some water to keep a margin of safety against local floods. (KGO-TV )

The latest data shows California's drought has improved with the El Nino influenced winter.

This weekend's storm will help improve the drought outlook. In Sonoma County, agencies will actually release some water to keep a margin of safety against local floods.

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Scott Malcolm of Healdsburg enjoyed a fishing session on the river Thursday before the wet March begins that could see waters rise considerably after a release of water upstream at Lake Mendocino by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Michael Dillabough manages dams in the region for the Army Corps of Engineers. With big rains predicted, he must strike a balance between water conservation and safety.

"Basically, we keep enough water in the dam while leaving room for flood control. During this time of year it is complex," said Dillabough. "If we don't have enough room, it would jeopardize the lives of everyone who lives below that river."


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