NID Issues Declaration of Emergency for South Yuba Canal Breach

March 1, 2017

syubafailureContact:
Susan Holt
(530) 271-6735

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NID Issues Declaration of Emergency for South Yuba Canal Breach

On February 10, 2017, a landslide damaged a section of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) South Yuba Canal, located on a steep hillside in a remote canyon near Bear Valley in Nevada County. The slide caused a section of the elevated canal to break free of its footings, creating a breach and interrupting service to Nevada Irrigation District (NID). The canal is utilized by PG&E to generate hydroelectric power. It is also one of the main water conveyance facilities for NID, supplying homes, businesses, farms, and ranches throughout Nevada County.

NID has issued a declaration of emergency for the canal breach, which will help facilitate repairs and reduce adverse impacts to water supply during the coming months. NID is utilizing the natural flow of Deer Creek to meet customer demand while repairs are underway. NID and PG&E are working collaboratively to complete the necessary repairs as soon as possible.

NID will keep customers updated on the progress of canal restoration through media outreach and on its website.

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