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Mokelumne River on the rise

In March 1928, the Mokelumne River flooded and overflowed into Clements, Lockeford and Lodi lowlands. This photograph shows the intersection of Cherokee Lane and Turner Road, with the Richfield gas station to the left, looking north of Lodi. That spring was one of the last flood seasons that the Mokelumne River was free-flowing with no dams. At the time of this flood, Pardee Dam was under construction. The dam was finished and dedicated on Oct. 19, 1929. Pardee Dam helped with flood control, but high water years continued to pose problems, especially in the early 1950s. The construction of Camanche Dam in the early 1960s between Pardee Dam and Lodi provided more reliable flood control in the region.

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