Ann Arbor - Huron River - HeadRace Blocked
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DEQ officials think the headrace is exerting too much pressure on the earthen embankment that separates it from the Huron River and could cause dangerous flooding if it is breached.
Crews installed a "stop log" this morning to stop the flow to the headrace. The stop log also will block water access for canoes and kayaks between the impoundment and the headrace, city officials said. The headrace water level is expected to drop about 3 feet over the next several days.
City officials said all other actions, including dewatering of the headrace, are at a standstill for 90 days while the city and DEQ continue discussions to address concerns with the dam.
The City Council has held off on taking action to make repairs to the earthen embankment identified by the DEQ. Anglin said he thinks the city will go forward with $300,000 in repairs but will hold off on a final "dam-in" or "dam-out" decision for a while.