Lowell Creek continued to rise during the heavy rain, bringing fine sediment, sand, gravel, and boulders through the tunnel and over the waterfall. Soon, the almost black river completely washed over the bridge. Heavy equipment operators worked hard, adding rock to the barrier to try to contain the churning, sediment-filled basin below the falls. Another ran a dozer in the powerful current below the bridge, carving a channel to help guide the water away from the Shellfish Hatchery.
This is a very good time to understand why Lowell Creek Diversion Tunnel flood control project should be #1 on our city’s Federal Legislative priority list.