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At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2008, a breach occurred in the Truckee Canal, a Newlands Project facility in northern Nevada, owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and operated and maintained by the Truckee Carson Irrigation District (TCID). As a result of the breach, an uncontrolled release of water flowed into irrigated lands and a portion of the City of Fernley, located some 30 miles east of Reno.  About 590 homes were flooded.  

To rapidly isolate the breach and drain the canal in the area where it occurred, TCID operated available spillways, wasteways, check structures, and nearby lateral canals.  The breach was sealed by about 4 p.m. that same day. The Truckee-Carson Irrigation District began construction on January 16, 2008, to repair the breach in the Truckee Canal using a “Zoned Earthfill Embankment” type design. Repairs were completed on February 18, 2008.

The Zoned Earthfill Embankment design is similar to that used in major earthen dam structures.  This approach was used because of the urban area that lies downslope of the canal and the importance of protecting public health and safety.  What makes this type of design special is that it provides multiple layers of protection to prevent failure.   More...

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