Phil Deffenbaugh, Lake Kaweah general manager, reported that a leaky valve discovered in the Terminus Dam tower turned into a broken pipe. As a result, the inside of the 1962 structure is flooded with 100 feet of water.
“The pipe that broke fills the float well, and that’s how the lake’s water level can be accurately measured,” said Deffenbaugh.
Deffenbaugh said the flooding of the tower has damaged electric and hydraulic gate controls. After completing a dive plan, contract divers will enter the tower, assess the damage, and hopefully begin repairs soon.
“I’m hoping to get the divers in the water as soon as this weekend,” Deffenbaugh said.
“Unfortunately, this will require a costly fix," he continued. "The good news is that there is no danger to the public, and we can still perform all the necessary flood control functions.”