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Andree Clark Bird Refuge filling up with rainwater

People driving, walking or jogging along Cabrillo Boulevard are noticing the rising water level at the Andree Clark Bird Refuge in Santa Barbara.

On Tuesday, David Krouse said the last time the water level was this high his old dog was a puppy.

Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation director Jill Zachary said recent rains have flowed from the Montecito watershed into the refuge.

Her staff is keeping a a close watch on the water level to prevent flooding.

If it gets too high they will open a gate to let water run toward East Beach.

“There is a Weir gate under Cabrillo Blvd., so we have been monitoring it and if necessary we can open it to make sure it enters the ocean,” said Zachary.

With three storms in the forecast crews are prepared to clear debris to prevent problems.

The refuge was full of ducks and birds on Tuesday.

Krouse said he loves to see this way.

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