Shasta Dam is feeling the effects of the government shutdown. More than half of the dam’s work force was furloughed on Tuesday, forcing 85 employees to stay home until further notice.
The remaining staff are being called “mission critical” staff. They include power, water-flow, public safety, maintenance and security personnel.
Visitor center guides and administration staff, including clerical and office workers, and park rangers were told to stay at home. This means that you are no longer allowed to take the free tours of the ninth largest dam in the United States.
The campgrounds and bathroom facilities surrounding the dam are also closed until further notice.
Officials did stress that although they are working on less than half staff the dam itself will remain in operation.
The remaining workers are those responsible for the maintenance of the dam and it’s components including structural integrity and mechanical components inside the dam.
Flood forecasters and water flow managers are also retained to make sure the correct amount of water is being released into the Sacramento River.
Officials said on Tuesday that there is no telling when they will be able to return to full staffing levels and will just have to wait and see.