Alta Irrigation District

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News Release

Alta Irrigation District

July 7, 2014

On Sunday, July 6, 2014, at approximately 6:00 p.m., Alta Irrigation District’s Main Canal breached north of Highway 180. The Alta ID turned on water that morning and was running a start-up flow of 250 cubic feet per second. The area of the levee that breached is lined but was undermined by wild pigs.

In response to the event of water impacting nearby residences and Highway 180, Alta ID called for an emergency shutoff at 6:30 p.m. to the Kings River Water Association. Within several hours water noticeably receded from the impacted area. Public safety response from Caltrans, Calif. Fire, Fresno County Sheriff officers and other early public agency response personnel was much appreciated for traffic control and general public safety.  

Alta ID has reviewed the damaged levee section and is implementing repairs. The scheduled repair is estimated to take one week. As a result, water run will be delayed for one week and will be re-initiated early next week.

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News Release Contact: Chris Kapheim (559) 591-0800, extension 13