Transcript for The Miracle of Water, segment 05 of 11
In the Imperial Valley near Mexico, settlers had another problem - not always too little water, sometimes too much. Floods were common. As one old-timer used to tell it, "It was in ought five that floods on the Colorado River broke through, raged unstopped into the valley. We farmers and the railroad company worked two years to close off the gap, and a huge lake, the Salton Sea, was formed." But the farmers wanted no more floods. Asking Reclamation for help to build a dam, to tame the Colorado, the farmers promised to pay their share of the costs, and Reclamation began to build what is now Hoover Dam.