Lake Isabella Dam safety concerns


AMOUNT OF WATER IT CAN HOLD BEFORE CREATING A SAFETY RISK FOR THE DAM. 23 A-B-C’S JESSICA HARRINGTON TALKED TO THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS ABOUT HOW THEIR DEALING WITH THE INCREASE IN WATER AND WHAT SAFETY RISK IS POSES TO LOCAL RESDIENTS. “THE WATER IS RUSHING OUT OF LAKE ISABELLA AND DOWN INTO THE KERN RIVER. TO ENSURE THAT THE WATER LEVEL IN THE LAKE DOESN’T GET TOO HIGH. BUT THAT IS RAISING CONCERNS FOR SOME LOCAL RESIDENTS WHO FEAR ALL OF THIS WATER CAN COMPROMISE THE SAFETY OF THE ISABELLA DAM. ” ROCKS ARE BATTERED WITH WATER. AND WHITE WATER RAPIDS ARE PLENTY AT THE MOUTH OF THE ISABELLA DAM. “IT’S AWESOME AND IT’S AN IMPRESSIVE SPECTACLE.” JOHN REAM WHO LIVES IN LAKE ISABELLA IS PART OF THE DAM TASK FORCE, A GROUP OF LOCAL CITIZENS WHO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON HOW LOCAL AND STATE OFFICIALS ARE HANDLING THE ISABELLA DAM. “WE OVERSEE THAT PROCESS TO SEE THAT NO HARM IS DONE.” HE SAYS EVEN THOUGH THE WATER IS HIGH IN THE LAKE AND THE OUTFLOW IS RAMPANT (NAT) HE’S NOT CONCERNED. “YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY BECAUSE WE PAY PEOPLE TO DO THAT.” SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS WHO DETERMINE HOW MUCH WATER ISABELLA LAKE CAN HOLD TO KEEP IT SAFE. THAT NUMBER IS A LITTLE MORE THAN 3-HUNDRED-61-THOUSAND ACRE- FEET. TODAY – THE LAKE WAS AT NEARLY 3-HUNDRED-57-THOUSAND ACRE FEET. “AT THIS POINT, OUR MODELS ARE SHOWING THAT WE DON’T EXPECT IT TO REACH THAT LEVEL.” TYLER STALKER SAYS THE ARMY CORPS HAS RECENTLY AGREED TO ALLOW THE WATER TO RISE ABOVE THAT RESTRICTED POOL LEVEL FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. BUT SAYS IN THE COMING WEEKS THEY ACTUALLY EXPECT THE WATER LEVEL TO DECREASE. “EVEN THOUGH THE TEMPERATURES ARE RISING, WE THINK WE’VE SEEN KIND OF THE PEAK OF OUR SNOWMELT SEASON.” AND AS FOR THE OUTFLOW FROM THE LAKE – IT’S NOT LIKELY TO INCREASE ANY MORE THAN THIS BECAUSE OFFICIALS SAY THEY WANT TO PROTECT THE RIVERBANK’S INFRASTRUCTURE. “WE DON’T WANT TO CAUSE ANY EROSION OR DAMAGING FLOWS DOWN THE DOWNSTREAM RIVER AREAS AND DOWN INTO BAKERSFIELD.” EVEN THOUGH THE LAKE REMAINS HIGHER THAN IT’S BEEN IN YEARS AND THE OUTFLOW IS BURSTING.THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SAYS ISABELLA DAM IS WORKING AS IT SHOULD. “UNDER IT’S CURRENT COOPERATION WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT IT’S ABLE TO MEET IT’S NEEDS.” EVEN THOUGH CREWS SAY THEY’RE CONFIDENT IN THE STRUCTURE OF THE DAM THEY SAY IT’S STILL IMPORTANT THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE AN EVACUATION PLAN IN PLACE. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE COUNTY’S EMERGENCY PLAN FOR ISABELLA LAKE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ON OUR WEBSITE TURNTO 23 DOT COM. IN LAKE ISABELLA, JESSICA HARRINGTON 23 A-B-C. AND — SPEAKING OF A POSSIBLE EMERGENCY LIKE FLOODING — OR AN

2 thoughts on “Lake Isabella Dam safety concerns

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *