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UPDATE: Canal fixed, carrying water again

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Repairs to the canal that ruptured Friday morning have been completed, and the canal is once again carrying water to Storrie Lake.

Crews worked night and day on the repairs since the rupture was discovered, although their work was at times hampered by additional rain. The canal was back on line Monday afternoon. With the canal repaired, the amount of water in the Gallinas River should decrease.

Storrie Project Water Users Association contrated with Oren Mathews of Rocky Road to do the repairs. He was aided by the state Department of Transportation, federal wildlife refuge employees, San Miguel County workers and others.

For more on this developing story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic.