Merced River above Snelling to remain closed all weekend

Access to the Merced River above Snelling will remain closed this weekend. The closure of the river access was jointly announced July 1 by the Merced Irrigation District and Merced County Sherriff’s Department. The closure followed a daring rescue that spanned more than 10 hours the previous night and involved several rescuers themselves needing assistance.

The closure will remain in effect through Sunday. On Monday, MID will evaluate situation. Sheriff’s deputies have been patrolling the area. As of Friday, the MID warned that flows of the Merced River are still running high, cold and extremely dangerous.