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Highway closed indefinitely
June 9, 2006 by LAURA
But authorities say water at
the dike stopped rising Thursday, and there was no
immediate threat to homes and livestock.
Pacific Power workers noticed cracks in the dike at about 2 p.m. Wednesday, and 30 minutes later a 100-foot section had sunk two feet.
An hour later water began
gushing into the adjacent farmland, known as the
Caledonia Marsh, and continued to pour in throughout
Several pieces of farming
equipment, including a fuel trailer, were submerged,
but authorities were able to pull the trailer from
the water, said Dave Kvamme, a spokesman for Pacific
Power. Divers checked for fuel cans under water, and
all were sealed.
Sheriff deputies, Klamath Falls police officers
and state troopers as well as ODOT and Pacific Power
officials were on the scene.
unable to determine the reason for the dike failure,
but speculate higher lake levels may have
contributed to the breach.
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