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Gunlock Reservoir received a massive amount of water, at least 30 feet, during the storm. “Gunlock is filling up, and that’s nice because that provides storage for irrigation water, and that really helps out their reserves over there,” Cram said.
Baker Dam, upstream from Gunlock, filled up in a very short matter of time and overtopped its emergency spillway. “Baker Dam is a very small reservoir with a pretty limited capacity,” explained Cram. “To fill up that quickly isn’t really unexpected with the type of precipitation we experienced. With it spilling over the top, it functioned just like it was intended to do. It wasn’t catastrophic failure. It just went over the top in a constructed spillway and went downstream just like it was intended.”
Vol. 8 , No. 12 , October 27, 2004
Rain Brings Flood Damage By: Julia Campbell