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Canal Corp. opens movable dams to deal with rain

Canal Corp. opens movable dams to deal with rain

Ongoing heavy rain has prompted the state Canal Corp. to fully open movable dams along the Erie Cana
Canal Corp. opens movable dams to deal with rain
George Tripler, of Long Island, watches as crews remove lower gates of movable dams at Lock 8 in Rotterdam amid high river stage forecasts and a flood watch for the area on Thursday, June 13, 2013. George and his friend Bob Shaw are traveling to Canada ab
Photographer: Patrick Dodson

Ongoing heavy rain has prompted the state Canal Corp. to fully open movable dams along the Erie Canal between Fort Plain and Scotia, officials said late this afternoon.

“Canal Corp. protocol dictates that when the National Weather Service predicts a 10-year event or greater, the movable dams are to be opened,” Canal Corp. Director Brian U. Stratton said in a statement. “Opening the moveable dams allows water to flow freely downstream and helps us manage water levels.”

Opening both the upper and lower gates of the movable dams allows water to flow downstream without being blocked or diverted by any debris, according to canal officials.

The Canal Corp. also began Wednesday to lower water levels throughout the canal system, including the Mohawk River portion of the Erie Canal, officials said.

Elsewhere, the canal closed locks from Waterford to Mays Point on the Erie Canal and Halfmoon to Fort Edward on the Champlain Canal, as well as locks on the Oswego Canal.

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