Lexington Reservoir Spills

A good sign the drought really is over

By Lori Preuitt
|  Friday, Mar 25, 2011  |  Updated 4:06 PM PDT
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For the first time since 2006, the Lexington Reservoir in the South Bay spilled its banks.

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For the first time since 2006, the Lexington Reservoir in the South Bay spilled its banks.

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The Lexington Reservoir is spilling. That alone would be enough to tell locals that the drought days are over if you don't believe the LA Times.

Lexington is one of the Bay Area's most visable water storage areas sitting just off Highway 17 near Los Gatos.

The waterway hasn't spilled for years, in part because of the drought and in part because of a 2009 draining of the water to repair an outlet pipe.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District said it started spill Thursday between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. and they expect it to continue through Sunday or Monday.

A viewer named Jim Griffin sent us a 22 second clip of the spillage Friday morning.

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The water district would be quick to say that the spill does not mean we should stop conserving water, but they also understand that a spilling Lexington is going to be a big attraction this weekend.

If you want to see if for yourself you need to find Alma Bridge Road on southbound Highway 17. Park and walk about 100 yards down to the Los Gatos Creek trail and follow the sound of thunder. Griffin says you should also be aware of poison oak and slippery ground along the way. Here' are the actual directions.

If you see traffic backing up on southbound Highway 17, it might not be the beach crowd.

The last time Lexington spilled was 2006, according to the water district.

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