Overflow at Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake Overflow
(please click to view larger on black // canon 5d mark iii, canon 17-40 f/4 l, 17mm, iso 50, f/18, manual exp blend // buy print)

Anytime is rains in Phoenix must seem hilarious to the rest of the world. The local news show pictures of running water down gutters, rain drops in puddles and of course you have guys like me blabbing on Twitter about his rain gauge. The amount of rain we deal with is so tiny compared to a lot of other places in the country that everyone else much think we’re just silly.

But you gotta remember…this is the desert, we only average just over eight inches of rain per year in Phoenix. And this past Friday-Sunday my house has seen 1.39 inches in just a few days! That’s a lot for us.

And when is does that out here, things flood, washes run and cool stuff happens. Like in the photo above…the Tempe Town Lake Dam. If you aren’t local, you may not be able to see it right off the bat, but the dam is actually made of giant inflatable rubber tubes.  Each section is 240 feet long and over an inch in thickness. They are durable against UV rays, ripping, etc. and can be deflated/re-inflated in 15 minutes.

This dam is located on the Salt River right in the heart of Tempe, Arizona and creates a little recreational lake for us. But when we get tons of rain, sometimes water is released from the major dams further upstream in the mountains, or runoff from city drainage can cause the lake to start filling up.

This is a sight you don’t see too often. I actually am not sure if the dam itself was lowered at all or is this is just how much water is coming from upstream. Either way, it was a beautiful sight to see against the stormy skies we had last night.

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Pretty cool, man. I dig it.

  • http://www.jimdenhamphotography.com Jim Denham

    Really well composed and great action on the water! Beautiful scene!

  • http://chrisdmrf.wordpress.com Chris Maskell

    great point of view and great clouds. Wonderful shot Mike

  • Kristin

    This is super cool!

  • http://goldenhourstudios.com Jesse Pafundi

    Yeah, I like this.

  • http://scottwoodphotography.com/ Scott Wood

    You nailed that one Mike, awesome.

  • http://www.Brooke-Photography.com Brooke Stevens-Patrick

    Awesomeness as always!

  • http://n/a Sam

    I haven’t seen the dams inflated since the winter of 2005. Wow, very cool.