New Tempe Town Lake bladders to arrive Thursday

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Three of the four bladders that make up the Tempe Town Lake dam are set to be lowered into place Thursday morning.

Each bladder weighs 40 tons and is 240 feet long. They'll be lowered separately by a 230-ton crane and should take a few hours to be placed.

But they won't be fully installed for another two weeks per bladder. That's because the bladders need to be unrolled and anchored, and air piping will have to be installed.

The fourth bladder will arrive in October.

The dam burst the night of July 20, emptying the 977 million gallons of water out of the urban lake and down the Salt River channel through Phoenix and beyond.

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