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Amsterdam flood system gets an upgrade

Work begins with added support for 10-foot-high wall

Contractors on Tuesday replace large stones along the flood wall protecting Amsterdam's South Side from the Mohawk River.
Contractors on Tuesday replace large stones along the flood wall protecting Amsterdam's South Side from the Mohawk River.
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Work is under way to upgrade Amsterdam’s flood protection system, which saved the city’s South Side from tropical storms Irene and Lee. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimated the 3,200-foot-long concrete wall, pumping station and retention pond preserved more than $13 million in property, but last year’s storms, as well as age, have taken a toll on the 47-year-old system. Built in 1965 under the direction of the corps, the flood protection system includes ...

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