Gateway Park flood

YUMA, Ariz. – Typically the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) allows about 3,000 cubic feet of water at one time to flow down the Colorado River according to officials. However, due to the rain last week the river water level was higher than usual.

“When the storms hit, the irrigations districts deferred their water orders so they left it in the river. So we have to either send the surplus flows down to Mexico, Mexico can pull off that excess flow into Morelos Dam for use in the Mexicali Valley or we put as much in either canals or small off stream storage reservoirs.” said Doug Hendrix who is a public affairs specialist for the BOR.

Officials with the bureau say their system is designed to gauge water needs depending on weather forecast systems. However, sometimes Mother Nature can catch them by surprise.

“The system is designed to react, we weren’t in danger of over-topping a reservoir or a dam, it’s just we have to push a little more water through the canals or through the river from time to time.” said Hendrix.

Ron Knolten works with Arizona River Towns and has seen the Colorado over-flow in the past. He says the increase of water is nothing to worry about.

“This is just basically draining, if you go down there and mark it and you’ll watch it just drop. I call it, ‘do everything at a fourth grade level.’ it’s just a slug of water that is being distributed.” said Knolten.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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