STOCKTON, CA - Though the amount of water being released into the Mokelumne River has been decreased a bit, the river's recreation areas remain off limits.
Late last week, East Bay MUD was releasing 5,000 cubic feet per second out of Camanche Reservoir into the Mokelumne. Monday, it was down to 4,600 cfs.
Still, the water rushing downstream is so high and fast, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department is keeping the river closed.
Not everyone has heard that news. Plenty of drivers were still hoping to get past the many security gates and posted signs.
"They want to spend the 4th here. [Monday] I turned away eight or nine cars this morning. We explain we have a danger of an overflow, that while in the park, that would be horrible," said security employee Joe Heartsner.
There were no estimates on when the river will be open again for recreation.