Heart Mountain Canal springs leak

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Crews drain canal to fix cracked liner outside Cody The Heart Mountain Irrigation District cut off water in its canal Monday morning to attempt an emergency patch on the Rattlesnake liner. The concrete liner portion of the canal, built in 1938, was leaking 45 cubic feet of water per second through a crack in the 4-inch thick concrete liner near the Shoshone River just west of Cody. Ditch rider Jimmy Roberson noticed the leak early Monday morning and repair crews had heavy equipment on the scene before noon. “Our most important goal is to get back and running as fast as we can,” said Randy Watts, manager of the district, adding that, “We want to be in and out of here in three to four days.” The leak happened at a bad time for some crops —...

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