Tempe Town Lake draining complete

Posted at 10:02 AM, Mar 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-20 13:02:01-04

The City of Tempe says they are now done draining water from Tempe Town Lake. The city says the final draining was done Saturday, March 19.

The lake was emptied by pumping water into an irrigation canal system, and Saturday the dam was removed to let the leftover water drain out.

A time lapse was provided by engineer Gannett Fleming to show the dam being broken to allow the rest of the water to flow out Saturday.

Construction of the new steel-and-concrete dam at the lake's west end is nearly complete. The city’s timetable shows the lake should be refilled starting around April 30.

A small amount of water is expected to still trickle out, and some puddles will be left behind in the bed of the lake. 

People are urged not to walk in the bed of the lake, because mud from leftover water could be dangerous.