NID canals return to normal flow |

NID canals return to normal flow

Nevada Irrigation District canal water customers are back in water following repairs to the wind-damaged South Yuba Canal in Bear Valley east of Nevada City.

NID water operations manager Chip Close said water flows were returning to normal Friday morning after the Pacific Gas and Electric Company repaired canal and flume damage caused by falling trees and branches in the Nov. 21-22 wind storm.

The damage severed flows into NID’s Cascade Canal system, a main source of water for western Nevada County. During the repairs, NID installed emergency pumps along the lower elevation DS Canal to keep limited amounts of water flowing to most areas. The district also trucked water to refill some customers’ holding tanks.

Close said PG&E repaired the damage a full week ahead of the Dec. 21 estimated completion but that it took several days to remove debris and chip away ice along the 19-mile South Yuba Canal.

NID maintenance manager Brian Powell said the district would begin removing the temporary pumps Monday. He said costs for the pump rental, labor and operation would be about $70,000.

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