Water began flowing into Tempe Town Lake on October 8th, just about 2 1/2 months after the Tempe Town Lake Dam burst in the night on July 20th 2010. Today, we heard that the lake is at normal capacity nearly a week ahead of schedule.
I shot the following photo from one of the Hayden Ferry Towers today looking down on a familiar but much anticipated site.
According to the East Valley Tribune, Tempe will formally reopen the lake during a 6 a.m. Tuesday ceremony at the marina.
Earlier reports told us that roughly 977 million gallons of water would be used to fill Tempe Town Lake back to normal. The water will come from Tempe’s share of Roosevelt Lake’s increased capacity. The only cost to refill the lake is said to be $50,000 to Salt River Project get the water to Town Lake.
Complete updates about the lake and the dam can be found on the cities web site at http://www.tempe.gov/lake/.
Below is some video of the lake shortly after the dam burst. I am sure that many people in Tempe and the surrounding areas are glad to see things back to normal.
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