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Levee Break On Canal Will Delay Water Deliveries

Jul 7, 2014

Water floods Highway 180 on Saturday evening after the levee was breached.
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A major canal that supplies Kings River water to east side valley farmers will be out of commission for one week at the height of the  growing season. 

A levee on the Alta Irrigation's District's Alta Main canal east of Sanger gave way on Sunday evening, flooding several homes and closing Highway 180 for a short time. Crews were able to control the flooding and turn off the water supply.

The district claims that wild pigs were to blame for the failure of the levee by undermining its banks. The district had just started water deliveries in the canal earlier on Sunday morning. Right now the canal is dry while undergoing repairs. The water run is expected to resume next week.