Thursday, December 30, 2004
Salt River will have flowing water for 1st time in years in Valley: "Heavy storm runoff will force the Salt River Project to release water from two of its reservoirs and send it flowing across the Valley through the normally dry Salt River bed for the first time in almost seven years. The result will be something never before seen: water spilling over the top of the two inflatable rubber dams used to form Tempe Town Lake in the river bottom. The river flow likely will reach the lake early Saturday, SRP officials said. Water will spill over the top of the upstream dam first and then over the downstream side. The dams were built to handle flood runoff, but engineers will watch them closely and could partly deflate them, if needed. Town Lake was filled in 1999; the last time any water flowed through the Valley in the Salt River was March 1998."