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FEMA might fund project to raise dam gates faster, easier

Lock 10 on the Erie Canal, which crosses the Mohawk River between Cranesville, east of Amsterdam, and the town of Florida, sustained serious damage during Tropical Storm Irene from debris that got caught in its gates.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Lock 10 on the Erie Canal, which crosses the Mohawk River between Cranesville, east of Amsterdam, and the town of Florida, sustained serious damage during Tropical Storm Irene from debris that got caught in its gates.
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A project being considered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency would modify dam gates along the Erie Canal to make it easier to remove them prior to flooding, when they often clog with debris, causing higher water levels and greater flood damage. FEMA is accepting public comment on plans under a short deadline and published legal ads to that effect in some newspapers recently. State Canal Corp. spokesman Shane Mahar on Wednesday referred questions about ...

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