Representatives from Southern California Edison (SCE) reached out to local media sources this week to assure residents living in areas beneath the agency’s dams that SCE is taking precautions to ensure that water levels remain safe despite predicted record runoff.
Rudy Gonzales, Government Affairs Representative for SCE, told The Sheet on Wednesday that there is “no increased risk to people who are living in the June Lake area” which sits below three dams as part of the Rush Creek Hydroelectric System—Gem Lake, Agnew Lake, and Waugh Lake all have dams which were built in 1917, 1916 and 1925, respectively.
Gonzales said that, people living in the vicinity of Rush Creek should expect to see increased water flow as a result of spring runoff, which is projected to reach 200 percent of normal this spring.
SCE is installing several pumps next week to Gem and Agnew Lakes via helicopter as a redundancy measure, Gonzales said. “We don’t anticipate needing the pumps,” said Gonzales, noting that their installation is merely a “precaution.”