Water flows were returning to normal Wednesday in the Nevada Irrigation District canal system following repairs of the Sunday flume break on the PG&E South Yuba Canal near Bear Valley.
However, it could be late in the afternoon before normal flows return to the Chicago Park and Rattlesnake canals and later Wednesday or overnight to areas of southern Nevada County.
NID Water Operations Manager Chip Close said PG&E finished the repairs at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and that water was flowing into the NID system by 4 a.m. Wednesday.
“It takes time for the water to work its way through the system,” he said.
The flume break occurred late Sunday afternoon. PG&E responded quickly and began repairs, but the work took a day longer than first anticipated.
PG&E and NID placed high priority on the repairs because the South Yuba Canal is the primary water supply to much of western Nevada County.
Updates on the incident, including time estimates on when water flows will resume in specific canals, are posted at www.nidwater.com.