Storms cause problems on South Yuba Canal |

Storms cause problems on South Yuba Canal

Strong winter storms in the high Sierra caused a slide and 62 trees to fall into PG&E’s South Yuba Canal in December and cleanup efforts have been going on ever since.

The canal comes out of Lake Spaulding and runs 20 miles to the Deer Creek Power Plant downstream, according to PG&E spokesman Dave Ward. The lake and canal serve as a link to Nevada Irrigation District’s high-elevation storage reservoirs and its delivery system lower in the Sierra.

One tree smashed through the old wooden flume portion of the canal near Bear Valley, halting flow to Scotts Flat Reservoir on Christmas Eve, Ward said. Since then, PG&E has generated no electricity from its Deer Creek Powerhouse and NID has lost the normal runoff the canal would produce.

NID and PG&E officials said water for the district’s customers has been coming from Scotts Flat Reservoir. When PG&E completes shoring up the canal at the end of this week, water will be spilled down Deer Creek to help refill Scotts Flat.

For more on this story, see tomorrow’s edition of The Union.

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