The city of Tempe made national headlines this past week as a section of the Tempe Town Lake dam burst causing nearly a BILLION gallons of water to run down the river leaving behind a moody mess.
The rubber dam built by Bridgestone burst near 10pm Tuesday evening. Within minutes of the dam bursting people called 911, warning sirens filled the air and the stories begin to hit the news channels. Hearing the news, I called my friend, Michael Monti who owns the landmark Tempe restaurant Monti’s La Casa Vieja. Michael and his business partner were on the scene with Paul from another one of my favorite local places to eat, the Chuck Box. Paul is very involved with the DTC and told us that the dam had been scheduled for replacement this year. Ironically, work was to have started the following day. Mayor Hallman says he is very thankful that none had started the work as it obviously could have been disastrous.
The pics below are from the news conference held the next morning and from shots of the Tempe Town Lake less than a day after the dam burst. I have been following the news of the story closely as the Mill Avenue District and the Tempe Town lake area are places that I enjoy very much. This lake means a lot to our city and to the region. Plans call for the lake to be filled by November.
The videos below show Mayor Hallman’s press conference from the morning after the damn dam broke and a few shots from the top floor of the Hayden Ferry building. If you want to see some of the recent stories from the local and national press concerning the Tempe Town Lake dam bursting you can follow along on this post titled “Dam Bursts at Tempe Town Lake.” We will try to add news stories and information as it becomes available. Anyone that has photos from around the Tempe Town Lake can add them to a Flickr group I just made called Tempe Town Lake Dam.