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justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 22, 2017 - 05:25pm PT
OWENS RIVER GORGE ALERT!

Edit/Update Word now is early March and around 400 cfs is more realistic.

See pg 2 for current update.




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We talked to a 30-year veteran engineer for DWP today, and he said, starting tomorrow, the utility is going to open the main valve from the Crowley Lake Dam ALL THE WAY - something that has never been done. This will release 750+ CFS of water into the Owens River Gorge.

The dam evidently is filled to the limit, and there are concerns about it overflowing. Due to repairs that had to made to the generators, they have been unable to release the necessary water until everything was fixed.

Climbers are advised to use extreme caution in the coming weeks. Many of the river crossings may be submerged under fast moving water making access to most of the east side dangerous or impossible. Stay safe people.

Should be quite a show.

rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Feb 22, 2017 - 05:47pm PT
Drove over the Owens by Clowns Town about an hour ago...the river is near the top of the banks and moving quickly...
Mike.

climber
Feb 22, 2017 - 06:08pm PT
TFPU.
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 22, 2017 - 06:14pm PT
This will release 750+ CFS of water into the Owens River Gorge.

I guess that means fishing is out of the question....
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Feb 22, 2017 - 07:25pm PT
750 cfs is substantial, equivalent to the San Miguel on a mid-summer afternoon . . . Be careful folks, leave your pets at home and respect the water.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
Sands Motel , Las Vegas
Feb 22, 2017 - 07:36pm PT
That's Bull sh#t...!!!
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 22, 2017 - 08:32pm PT
Guess we'll see if it happens tomorrow- hoping we didn't get trolled by some random DWP dude. He was older- said he'd been working there for 35 years so it seemed legit.

The crew has been climbing all over the plant working like crazy 7 days a week for the last month. The giant tool trailer was hauled out today too to service the lower plant.
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Feb 22, 2017 - 08:49pm PT
The giant tool trailer

Yikes! Must be serious then . . . bring on the 750 cfs for chrissakes!
Urmas

Social climber
Sierra Eastside
Feb 22, 2017 - 09:00pm PT
Hope some of the bridges survive.
phylp

Trad climber
Upland, CA
Feb 22, 2017 - 09:00pm PT
Wow!!!

Let us know what the aftermath is. I can't even imagine.
TwistedCrank

climber
Released into general population, Idaho
Feb 23, 2017 - 05:17am PT
Pics please (when the release happens)
rwedgee

Ice climber
CA
Feb 23, 2017 - 09:10am PT
Nobody works at the DWP for 35 years, they can retire at 85% after 25 years with full medical.

How many CFM does it normally flow ?
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
Feb 23, 2017 - 09:43am PT
385 cfs.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 23, 2017 - 10:39am PT
Crowley Lake Dam yesterday.
Crowley Lake Dam yesterday.
Credit: justthemaid

MisterE went out to the ORG this morning - no release yet. BUT, he passed a DWP truck with a snow-cat on it heading north on the 395 on his way back into town...

Maybe to access the valve?
G_Gnome

Trad climber
Cali
Feb 23, 2017 - 10:47am PT
Normal flow thru the gorge is 45 cfs. Most of it goes thru pipes for power generation and gets dumped into Pleasant Valley. From there the lower Owens often runs between 250 and 400 cfs. it will be really good for the river to get all the silt scoured out at this flow. Fishing will be really good once the flow goes back near normal. I believe they are now obligated to do flushing flows thru the gorge if there is enough water in the system.
G_Gnome

Trad climber
Cali
Feb 23, 2017 - 03:07pm PT
You can generally check flow rates on this website.

https://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/faces/wcnav_externalId/a-w-laa-cond-rprt?_adf.ctrl-state=3ece3piea_4&_afrLoop=269643703205811
Ksolem

Trad climber
Monrovia, California
Feb 23, 2017 - 04:29pm PT
This thread is gonna need pictures when the water is ripping. Some of you locals up there have a journalistic responsibility to prove that this is not fake news.

Anybody getting their kayaks ready?

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 23, 2017 - 04:55pm PT
hey there say, justthemaid...

thanks for sharing...

i heard erik share this, too, at facebook...
how is it going...

any more news yet?


i do not know much about these areas...
i only lived in san jose...

am curious about SO much stuff now, though,
seems they never taught us enough in school,
back in the 60!s, :(
about our wonderful lovely state...

:(
D2R2

Sport climber
Earth
Feb 23, 2017 - 05:02pm PT
Gnome that link is about as useful as a dead horse
Stimbo

Trad climber
Crowley Lake
Feb 23, 2017 - 05:40pm PT
The flow through the Gorge is at 13 cfs, still. Nothing to get a burr in your britches yet.
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