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Erie Canalway: Storms' damage to canal system pegged at $83.8M

Chief lock operator Joe Wolff, left, and lock operator Paul Malmborg reflect on the flooding recently at Erie Canal Lock 10 in Cranesville.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Chief lock operator Joe Wolff, left, and lock operator Paul Malmborg reflect on the flooding recently at Erie Canal Lock 10 in Cranesville.
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Nothing could have prepared Lock 10 for the pummeling it would take in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene a year ago. The storm surge that blasted down the Schoharie Valley dumped into the Mohawk River, turning the normally docile waterway into a raging torrent that scoured away just about anything in its path. Debris swept down the Mohawk choked the lock's movable dams, creating a blockage that forced the river to seek a path ...

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