WHAT: Completion of “Big T” Rehabilitation Project
This Thursday, July 21, at 11 a.m., the County of LA Department of Public Works will celebrate the completion of a massive, $100 million seismic retrofit of the Big Tujunga Dam with a special ceremony at the dam, which is located north of Sunland in the Angeles National Forest. The event will be attended by State, County and local officials.
Built in the 1930s, Big T stands as tall as a 20 story building and serves as a vital component of LA County’s flood protection system. The three-year-long retrofit project literally involved building a new dam in front of the old one and fusing the two structures together. The dam is situated in a spectacular canyon that was totally devastated by the 2009 Station Fire.
WHEN: THURSDAY, July 21, 2011, at 11 a.m.
WHERE: Big Tujunga Dam and Reservoir
809 Big Tujunga Canyon Rd., Sunland, CA 91040
Take Big Tujunga Canyon Rd. (4.5 miles)
Destination on the left
WHO: LA County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich
Gail Farber, Director, County of LA Department of Public Works
Ron Nichols, General Manager, LA City Department of Water & Power
VISUALS: Spectacular aerial and ground-level views of Big Tujunga Dam and Reservoir against a backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains.
Elected officials will ceremonially open a dam valve, releasing a
50-yard, torrential stream of water into Tujunga Creek.
Bob Spencer, Chief of Public Affairs, (626) 458-4042 or (626) 703-7400