Last weekend, a dive team assessed the damage to the hydraulic and electronic components in the tower at Terminus Dam at Lake Kaweah. Engineers immediately began the report that will be used to budget and expedite the repairs on the half-century-old tower.
Lake Kaweah maintenance staff fabricated a metal cap and plugged the leak so the tower is now fully drained of more than 100 feet of water that had leaked inside. The repair work is expected to begin as early as next week.
“If this was last year when we had minimal water in the basin, this leak wouldn’t have been as big a deal,” said Phil Deffenbaugh, Lake Kaweah general manager. “With the lake approaching capacity, it’s critical that we have an accurate measurement of the level, and that’s what the equipment in the tower is designed to do.”
The tower should be fully operational before Lake Kaweah fills to capacity around Memorial Day.