TUD worker

A TUD worker uses a chainsaw to clear in late December a road on Mount Provo Road above Twain Harte.  

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. completed repairs to a storm-damaged flume section of the Tuolumne Main Canal on Friday and restored flowing water in the conveyance on Saturday, Tuolumne Utilities District announced Monday morning.

Calls for water conservation from TUD have been lifted since the canal has been repaired, TUD spokeswoman Lisa Westbrook said.

The Main Tuolumne Canal is owned by PG&E and carries 95% of the water TUD provides to more than 40,000 people in Tuolumne County. When a tree fell into the flume section below Lyons Reservoir during a storm on Tuesday last week, the district urged all county residents to conserve water until PG&E repaired the damaged flume.

Storms last week also damaged parts of more than 70 miles of ditch system owned by TUD, Westbrook said. Damage to some ditch sections ranged from minor to major, and included the Soulsbyville ditch, which sustained a berm failure, and the Eureka Ditch Flume B, where a tree fell and repairs were ongoing.

Ditch tenders and other TUD staff were continuing to assess and survey ditch system damage. They were patrolling, maintaining, and making more repairs Monday. Some of the ditch work involved removing more fallen trees, and moving ice and snow that has built up in some ditches, like the Section 4 Ditch in Twain Harte.

The district has 600 ditch customers, Westbrook said Monday.

Westbrook said TUD hopes to have water flowing in all ditches and restore the flow of water to all customers by the end of this week. She thanked PG&E and TUD crews for working in extreme weather through the holidays last week, as well as Twain Harte Community Service District, Tuolumne County Roads Department, Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, Chicken Ranch Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians, Tuolumne County Office of Emergency Services, Caltrans and Utica Power and Calaveras County Water District.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.net or (209) 770-0405. Follow him on Twitter at @GuyMcCarthy.

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