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Bridge removed, Fort Plain cleanup plods on

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 Crouched above rising creek waters, CP Ward Contractor Chris Caldwell uses a torch to cut up the last half of the old  Otsquago Creek rail bridge in Fort Plain Monday morning. 
The bridge was destabilized by June 18 flooding, teetering for days over the creek. Had it fallen, the creek would likely have re-flooded the village. Monday morning most of the bridge was removed. Only the northern vertical wall lay on its side just feet above the water. The crew rushed to remove the last section, hurried by National Weather Service flood advisory issued for the region.
Photographer: John Enger
Crouched above rising creek waters, CP Ward Contractor Chris Caldwell uses a torch to cut up the last half of the old Otsquago Creek rail bridge in Fort Plain Monday morning. The bridge was destabilized by June 18 flooding, teetering for days over the creek. Had it fallen, the creek would likely have re-flooded the village. Monday morning most of the bridge was removed. Only the northern vertical wall lay on its side just feet above the water. The crew rushed to remove the last section, hurried by National Weather Service flood advisory issued for the region.
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Ed Kreiley shouldered a life jacket before striding out over rising Otsquago Creek waters on the severed steel half of the flood-ruined Canalway Trail bridge. Kreily is a CP Ward project foreman. He and his team were charged with removing the 380-ton former rail bridge after June 28 floodwaters shifted it from its abutments. In the aftermath of flash flooding that destroyed several Fort Plain homes and left many more damaged, officials worried the teetering ...

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