Rubber bladder dam breaks at Tempe, Arizona

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Here’s some video from MyFoxPhoenix.com. Thanks to Loretta Lohman for the link.

Here’s a report from the Associated Press via The Durango Herald. From the article:

The 16-foot-high section of the dam on Tempe Town Lake near Arizona State University’s campus broke open at about 10 p.m. Tuesday. There were no immediate reports of any injuries and authorities said no structures were in immediate danger…

Witnesses said the dry Salt River filled as far as the eye could see within seconds, and small animals could seen scrambling away from the floodwaters. Warning sirens began wailing within minutes, and officers rushed along the riverbed to warn anyone – particularly transients known to camp on the river bottom during the summer – of the approaching water. Water was flowing at 15,000 cubic feet per second, equivalent to the amount released during heavy storm flows, Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman said…

Tempe spokeswoman Kris Baxter-Ging said its unclear how the rubber dam burst, but she said workers were speeding up an already under way effort to replace the dam’s bladders…

The lake has four inflatable dams on both ends and the dam sections were supposed to last for 25 to 30 years.

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