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Boardman River Dam Update: 10/8

Wow…what a couple days it’s been.  First off I want to say thank God that no one was injured or worse.  The response by everyone involved was swift which averted what could have been a much worse situation.  It was truly amazing how everyone pulled together.   What started out as being a day where we hoped to begin the controlled drawdown of Brown Bridge pond quickly turned into something much, much different..the power of nature had something else in mind.   What was supposed to happen over a course of about 20 days beginning Saturday took place in about 7 hours.   Beginning today investigators are inspecting what went wrong with the drawdown down structure.  Until then we can only speculate.

Currently everything is stable at Brown Bridge.  There’s just a small pond left upstream of the dam.  Molon created a weir above the dam to capture sediment as it works its way downstream.

My main concern right now are the people that received flood damage downstream.  County Emergency Coordinator Dan Scott set up a hotline for people to call who received property damage.  That number is 231.995.6059.

Molon worked all day Sunday clearing debris from public road and railroad crossings and private bridges.  There are still some large trees blocking the river that we plan to remove over the next few days. Their crews have done an amazing job given the situation.

It’s too early say and the river is still murky, but the river doesn’t look too bad.  We have found some dead fish but by no means was the river wiped out.  I’ll know more later this week.   I want to thank Lorraine Anderson
from the Record Eagle and Chuck Lombardo with the Implementation Team for keeping everyone posted.   Loraine’s articles have been a fair and accurate account of what’s happened so far.

As always, please don’t hesitate to call me if you have any questions.

– Steve Largent, Boardman River Program Coordinator

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