GLAMIS — A 60-foot break in the Coachella Canal near here allowed water to flood about 15 acres of the North Algodones Dunes Wilderness area.
The break occurred last week.
Tom Levy, CVWD general manager/chief engineer, said the break occurred when water got above the level of the concrete lining and the lining broke, releasing the water.
The damage was limited to about 60 linear feet of the two-inch concrete lining on the east side of the canal about two miles north of Highway 78. The lining appears to be undercut and a large chunk of it was broken off. A number of plants to the east of the canal are flattened from the outward rush of water and the ground is still moist in several places.