YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The river running through Yosemite National Park briefly flooded its banks and a sheriff in California’s Central Valley organized an airdrop of feed for 30 cows stranded downstream by rising waters as a heat wave melts record snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.

The National Weather Service says the Merced River should reach flood stage for a second-straight night Wednesday under the park’s iconic Pohono Bridge. Cooling temperatures Thursday and through the weekend will slow the melt and ease the flooding.

The park reported soggy campgrounds but little damage.

The Fresno Bee reported Wednesday that the Merced County sheriff used the department’s helicopter to drop two tons of hay on a river island where 30 cows have been stranded since January. Each cow has dropped about 300 pounds in weight.


Comments (2)
  1. Cows have been stranded on an island since January? Why has no one rescued them for FIVE MONTHS, instead standing by and watching as the cows slowly starve (each has dropped 300 pounds)? Can’t a barge make several trips and get them off the island? Aren’t they knee deep in cow dung by now? That alone must be hazardous to their health.

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