2017 Storms - Emergency Updates

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As EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie has said, "EID’s engineering and operations staff have done the improbable and met an enormously steep deadline to get our system back up and running. And these are not temporary fixes; the superb engineering and construction work carried out on these projects have resulted in permanent fixes that will make our hydroelectric system even stronger."

Please take a few minutes to watch the videos get a glimpse at what was achieved.

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PHOTOS:  Storm Damages 2017 - Photo Album



During emergencies, EID crews work around the clock and sometimes in hazardous conditions to keep our customers’ water and sewer services in good order. EID maintains a comprehensive dam safety program that includes staff making adjustments to water flows to keep our canals from being overburdened during these mass rain and snow events. Due to the severity of recent rain events, EID’s Board of Directors adopted an emergency declaration that allows EID staff to take necessary measures to complete temporary repairs and hire the engineers and contractors needed for immediate remediation efforts. See the links below to read more about the emergency actions.


2017.11.13 REGULAR BOARD MEETING:  Board Packet - Items #4

2017.10.23 REGULAR BOARD MEETING:  Board Packet - Items #4

2017.10.10 REGULAR BOARD MEETING:  Board Packet - Items #8

2017.09.11 REGULAR BOARD MEETING:  Board Packet - Items #3

2017.08.28 REGULAR BOARD MEETING:  Board Packet - Items #3 and #11

2017.08 .14 REGULAR BOARD MEETING:  Board Packet - Items #4, and #13

2017.07.24 REGULAR BOARD MEETING:  Board Packet - Item #9

2017.06.26 REGULAR BOARD MEETING:  Board Packet - Item #4

2017.06.12 REGULAR BOARD MEETING:  Board Packet - Item #7

2017.06.01 NEWS RELEASE:  EID Hydroelectric Water System Back in Service

On May 30, crews began watering up the District’s high country canal and flume system. The system had been offline since damage from January and February storms breached sections of canal and flume.  Read more...

2017.05.22 REGULAR BOARD MEETING:  Board Packet - Item #8

2017.04.10 REGULAR BOARD MEETING:  Board Packet - Item #9

2017.03.27 REGULAR BOARD MEETING:  Board Packet - Item #4

2017.03.13 REGULAR BOARD MEETING: Board Packet - Item #6

2017.03.03 NEWS: Message from the General Manager: Emergency Conditions and EID's Dedicated Workers

As I write this message, EID has teams deployed addressing multiple emergency projects. Some are engaged in an emergency sewer line fix; others are cutting roads into remote hilltops to enable access to damaged flume and canal sections. Some of those flume and canal sections will only be accessible by helicopter because of their remote locations, perched on the side of high country slopes. Women and men in our headquarters and outlying facilities are working diligently to ensure materials are ordered, treatment plants are working optimally in these extreme weather conditions, and customer issues are addressed in as timely a manner as possible. Read more...

2017.02.27 REGULAR BOARD MEETING:   Board Packet - Item #6, Emergency Storms

2017.02.24 NEWS RELEASE:  EID Water Main Impacted by Landslide

EID’s El Dorado Main No. 2 (EDM-2) water transmission main was partially exposed when a landslide affected the hillside it is buried in earlier this week. The landslide resulted in the closure of Highway 193, just north of Placerville off of Highway 49.  Read more...


We have had a number of inquiries from our customers concerned about how we will pay for the emergency repairs resulting from the recent extreme weather and if the emergency would trigger additional rate increases.

Currently, there are no plans to increase rates beyond the already approved three percent per year adjustments through 2020, which represents a reduction from the previously approved 2016 – 2020 rate increases outlined in the Proposition 218 notice sent to our customers in late 2015.

EID will utilize insurance to pay for much of the damage that falls within our coverage limits. This will help to defray a significant amount of the emergency costs.

Proposition 218 webpage

2017.02.14 NEWS RELEASE:  EID Board Adopts Emergency Declaration

During a special meeting held on February 13, 2017, the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) Board of Directors adopted a resolution declaring an emergency to address damaged District facilities. The emergency was called in response to the intense rainfall that has saturated soils, overwhelmed sewer facilities and caused collapses, soil failures, and earth movement affecting vital District infrastructure and threatening to disrupt the District’s ability to provide essential public services. Read more...

2017.02.13 SPECIAL BOARD MEETING:  Agenda and Board Packet