August 8, 1995 |
Workers Monday began to plug a huge hole in Folsom Dam where a spillway gate buckled last month. Nearly half the reservoir's water has spilled into the American River since the July 17 break, and the water level has dropped nearly to the level of the damaged gate. Repair crews used a crane to lower steel panels across the opening on the reservoir side of the dam. The hole may not be fully plugged until today. Three panels are being used, each 50 feet wide, eight feet tall and two feet thick.
July 26, 1995 |
The day, Ed Taylor would recall, started "fairly normally." Taylor is a senior operator at the Folsom Dam, which sits on the American River, east of Sacramento. Now, the day-to-day operation of a mammoth dam can have its moments, but generally the pace does not match, say, that of an air traffic control tower. Dams are passive objects. They sit there and hold back water. The challenge is in building them. After that, they can all but operate themselves.
July 24, 1995 |
Boaters and other water enthusiasts returned to Folsom Lake on Sunday, about a week after a dam gate gave way, lowering the lake about 25 feet. "It's definitely nice for us to get back into business. It's nice to have the water back," said Ken Christensen, manager at the lake's marina. With sailboaters, swimmers, anglers and skiers back on water, the only noticeable difference was that some sandy beaches were lost, Christensen said.
July 21, 1995 |
The federal government did not act on inspectors' warnings that Folsom Dam spillway gates needed work, but officials said Thursday that they do not believe neglect of maintenance caused a gate failure. One of eight steel spillway gates buckled Monday as it was being opened at the 40-year-old dam, dumping what will amount to about 400,000 acre-feet of water--or nearly half the lake--into the American River.
July 19, 1995 |
The failure of a gate at Folsom Dam is a sign that California's largest water system is starting to crumble because of federal neglect, water customers said. One of eight gates at the 40-year-old dam gave way as it was being raised Monday, and water from the filled reservoir gushed through the opening at 40,000 cubic feet per second. Water continued to pour through the opening Tuesday, and was not expected to stop until about 40% of the reservoir was drained later this week.
July 18, 1995 |
A huge gate at Folsom Dam broke open Monday, spilling enough water each second to supply a family of five for a year. The break forced evacuation of boaters, hikers and anglers along the American River, but posed no immediate danger to communities downstream. Dam operators said they may not be able to stop the water roaring out of the broken gate for up to a week, until the water level drops 40 feet to the top of the spillway.