The El Dorado Irrigation District asked customers to conserve water after they say a man possibly drowned in a water pipe near the Sly Park Dam.
Officials say that on Monday afternoon a man they believe to be Tory Mayes entered EID’s Camino conduit pipe that carries raw water from Jenkinson Lake to a water treatment plant in Pollock Pines. Officials believe the man fell through an air vent in the pipe.
District staff began to reduce flows while emergency responders searched for the missing man. The reduction in flows and subsequent request for conservation from customers was to manage health and safety flows to EID customers and maintain the integrity of the system.
Officials say crews found the body just after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.
EID is asking folks to preserve water until 5 p.m.