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Amsterdam creek’s walls a-tumble

Water causing erosion to private property, businesses

The Dove Creek is washing away two retaining walls along the Richard Wert property on Steadwell Avenue in Amsterdam.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
The Dove Creek is washing away two retaining walls along the Richard Wert property on Steadwell Avenue in Amsterdam.
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In calm weather, Dove Creek trickles its way from the town of Amsterdam south into the city of Amsterdam before it flows into the Mohawk River. During heavy rain, however, the creek turns into a torrent that threatens private property and businesses as it flows over and under concrete flood walls that have fallen apart. City officials say the problem is the responsibility of individual property owners, but those property owners question how a half-mile ...

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