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San Vicente Dam dedicated after expansion

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - As San Diego suffers through the drought, local leaders are taking action. Now an East County reservoir is about to get a whole lot bigger.

The San Vicente Dam Raise Project increased the height more than 100 feet. It has been four years in the making and Wednesday the improved San Vicente Dam in Lakeside is ready for business. This is the largest single expansion of water storage in San Diego County history and will aid when it comes to the drought and water storage.

City and water authority leaders held a dedication ceremony Wednesday morning officially showing San Diego County the new and super-sized San Vincente Dam.

The height of the original dam has been increased by 117 feet and the increased water storage capacity is enough to serve more than 300,000 homes a year.

The San Vicente Dam Raise will also provide the region with better water storage and hopefully prevent future water shortages. But that's not all, it's part of the $1.5 billion emergency storage project. This improvement project cost $416 million and was greatly needed.

The water authority expects it to take between two and five years to fill the reservoir to its new level. The construction happening right now is for the new marina, which should be open and ready for boating in the next two to three years.

The original dam was built in 1943.

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