Portions of Kings and Merced Rivers back open

FRESNO, Calif.

The river had been closed for weeks out of concern for public safety. Monday, the Fresno County Sheriff's Department reopened parts of the river from the Pine Flat Dam to the Tulare and Kings County borders. The Kings County portion of the river will reopen on Friday at Noon.

The Merced River is also open to the public again following an emergency closure earlier this month. The Merced irrigation district opened the river near Snelling to the public for the first time since this incident was captured only by Action News.

Back on June 30, Merced County rescuers needed to be rescued themselves. Their boat capsized in the swift water above Snelling as they tried to pull some stranded boaters out of the swift, cold water.

The next day county officials announced an emergency closure for ten days. Authorities say water is still dangerous and they're urging people to remain extremely cautious if they choose to spend time in or around the river.

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