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.READ MORE: Fire Destroys Abandoned Building In San Jose Alviso Area
The park reported soggy campgrounds but little damage.READ MORE: Oakland City Council Votes to Defund Police, Stripping More Than $17M from Department Budget
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.MORE NEWS: 165 Pounds Of Fireworks Seized, Man Arrested In Oakland Crackdown