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New steps aided in Sandy response

Reservoirs were lowered, canal gates raised

View of repairs to chains and holders for the gates at Lock 15 in Fort Plain.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
View of repairs to chains and holders for the gates at Lock 15 in Fort Plain.
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In 2006, the Mohawk River gushed through Montgomery County villages like Fort Plain, wiping out businesses and homes and leaving a mess that took years to clean up. Mayor Guy Barton remembers the damage, and he remembers another sight in the aftermath of that disaster: tons of debris jammed up in the movable dam gates the state Canal Corp. uses to maintain water levels for navigation along the Erie Canal. Since then, Barton has been ...


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