Deadly River Conditions, Memorial Day Observance Events

El Dorado County

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Please share with your friends and family who live outside of El Dorado County and may not be familiar with the extraordinarily dangerous river conditions this year.

Message from El Dorado County Sheriff:

As the snowpack begins to melt with the arrival of warmer weather, we need to be aware of the potential dangers it poses to our waterways. Here's why we should all stay cautious and take necessary precautions:

  • Increased Water Flow: The melting snowpack leads to a significant increase in water volume, resulting in faster and stronger currents. Even seemingly calm rivers and streams can become treacherous during this time.
  • Unpredictable Conditions: The water levels can rise rapidly and unpredictably, making it challenging to assess the safety of waterways. What may have been safe yesterday might be hazardous today.
  • Hidden Hazards: The powerful flow can dislodge rocks, fallen trees, and other debris, creating hidden obstacles that can be life-threatening for swimmers, boaters, or anyone near the water.

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Each Memorial Day (last Monday in May) at 11:00 a.m., ceremonies are held at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument in Placerville (360 Fair Lane). The ceremonies honor those who died in the service of their country and include a fly over by WWII Warbirds, color guard ceremony, parade of flags by veterans organizations and youth groups, speeches by public officials, patriotic music, presentation of Veterans Monument Scholarships to children of veterans, wreath presentation, a three-volley rifle salute, taps and a piper playing Amazing Grace.

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