Sheriff Boudreaux wants to make the public aware that the local reservoirs, Lake Success and Lake Kaweah, are nearing capacity due to the recent rainfall in Tulare County. Because of that, both dam spillways are expected to become operational. The spillway at Lake Success is already operational. And the spillway at Lake Kaweah may become operational with the incoming storm. A spillway is a structure used to provide releases of water from the Dam. These Spillways are designed to ensure the vast flows of incoming water do not damage the Dam structure.

Officials are closely monitoring the incoming water runoff, reservoir capacities and conditions of each dam structure. BOTH DAM STRUCTURES AT LAKE SUCCESS AND KAWEAH LAKE ARE STABLE, IN GOOD WORKING CONDITION AND OPERATING AS DESIGNED. Residents can expect to see water activity over the spillways at each Dam, and this is normal. It is important to know that water activity and releases over a spillway ARE NOT A DAM FAILURE AND INDICATE INTENDED OPERATIONS.

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[SOURCE: Tulare County Sheriff’s Office]