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Residents offer input on dam fix to ease canal flood damage

Lock 7 in Niskayuna on Monday, January 7, 2013. Completed in 1914, the massive concrete dam near Lock 7 on the Mohawk River lacks a mechanism that would allow the release of floodwater downstream. Public comment on FEMA's plans to modify dams from Lock E-8 to Lock E-15 asks FEMA to consider the role the dam plays in ice-jam flooding along the Mohawk.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Lock 7 in Niskayuna on Monday, January 7, 2013. Completed in 1914, the massive concrete dam near Lock 7 on the Mohawk River lacks a mechanism that would allow the release of floodwater downstream. Public comment on FEMA's plans to modify dams from Lock E-8 to Lock E-15 asks FEMA to consider the role the dam plays in ice-jam flooding along the Mohawk.
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Retired architect James Duggan was pleased to learn the Federal Emergency Management Agency may fund changes to the movable dams along the canal system to make flooding upstream of Locks E-8 through E-15 less severe. But for Duggan — who lives in Schenectady’s oft-flooded Stockade neighborhood downstream of Lock E-8 — a focus on the massive concrete dam at Lock E-7 might be a good idea too. It’s the Lock 7 dam — which doesn’t ...


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hodgkins.t
January 8, 2013
10:15 a.m.

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Back in 1920 Dr Gillette sponsored a bill that passed both houses of the NYS legislature, but was vetoed by the governor, that would have held the State liable for negligence by "(N)ot providing said dam with adequate flood gates and devices to operate the same, or in not removing the Rexford dam and aqueduct, or in not breaking up the solid field of ice on the pool formed by this dam, and thereby bringing about a jam of ice... which caused the alleged damages during the months of March and April, nineteen hundred and fourteen."

see the full text: http://schenectadyplaygrounds.blogspot.c...

Glad this problem is finally being addressed.

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