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Crack in Ephrata Irrigation Canal Disrupts Water Delivery

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EPHRATA, Wash. - The Bureau of Reclamation is temporarily reducing water deliveries on Tuesday to irrigation districts in the Columbia Basin Project. 

The Bureau says a canal ditch rider reported a crack to the Main Canal just below Pinto Dam in eastern Grant County, Wash. Engineers say the water flow was moving at nearly 7,000 cubic feet per second.

In order to assess the damage, crews have to reduce the water flow so they can get to the collapsed concrete panel. 

The field office manager in Ephrata says the canal should be at its lowest level by Wednesday night. She says during the repairs, there will be some disruption in water deliveries directly from the West and East Low Canals.

The Bureau of Reclamation says anyone receiving water deliveries from the Quincy-Columbia, East Columbia, and the South Columbia Basin Irrigation Districts should expect water deliveries to be reduced or interrupted through early next week.

Engineers say they'll be closely monitoring the canals during the repairs, and water should be restored early next week.