BAYARD, Neb. -

Crews are nearing completion to repair a broken irrigation canal north of Bayard that's being called the worst irrigation break in 27 years.

Crews have been working for the past few days  hauling mud and clay to repair a broken irrigation canal near County Road 81 north of Bayard.

The 62A-L road opened early Wednesday, but as of Thursday afternoon several southern county roads remained closed due to erosion.

“This is our worst one since 1987 when north of Minatare we lost a system in a huge rain storm August 3, 1987,” said Kevin Adams, General Manager of the Farmer's Irrigation District.

Officials from the Farmer's Irrigation District say the canal ruptured just before 9 p.m. Tuesday evening, sending thousands of gallons of water gushing through crop fields and over the highway.

Adams says that today he began running water from Henry in the canal, and hopes that local users will be able to start having access to water by Saturday. 

Adams says they do not yet know what caused the irrigation canal to rupture, but an insurance adjuster will be on scene Monday.