Winter in Lake Tahoe, March 2017. David N. Braun Photography

Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, has filled well above its natural rim and is inching closer to reaching its maximum legal capacity, thanks to record precipitation and snowpack over the winter. John McEldowney, emergency manager for the Placer County Office of Emergency Services, said the dam that releases water from the lake into the Truckee River is fully open to allow for as much water release as possible.

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