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Yuma water levels cause major release at the Imperial Dam

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office announced a "significant increase" in water levels at the lower Colorado River on Sunday.

Heavy rains in the area led to the Imperial Dam releasing up to 10,000 cubic feet of water per second as opposed to the average of 1,000 cubic feet.

Sean Benedict is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service based in Phoenix.

"Yeah, I mean, all of western Arizona as well as eastern or southeastern California saw a lot of rainfall just the past three days in general," he said.

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office advised caution for those participating in water-related activities, like swimming or fishing, over the Labor Day weekend. 

Rainfall and storms were also heavy in La Paz County, west of Phoenix.

Ignacio Ventura is a reporter for KJZZ. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in news media and society.