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Canal Corp. opens movable dams to deal with rain

George Tripler, of Long Island, watches as crews remove lower gates of movable dams at Lock 8 in Rotterdam amid high river stage forecasts and a flood watch for the area on Thursday, June 13, 2013. George and his friend Bob Shaw are traveling to Canada aboard their boat "Easy Go", on left, which they say must remain inside the lock until this weekend.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
George Tripler, of Long Island, watches as crews remove lower gates of movable dams at Lock 8 in Rotterdam amid high river stage forecasts and a flood watch for the area on Thursday, June 13, 2013. George and his friend Bob Shaw are traveling to Canada aboard their boat "Easy Go", on left, which they say must remain inside the lock until this weekend.
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Ongoing heavy rain has prompted the state Canal Corp. to fully open movable dams along the Erie Canal between Fort Plain and Scotia, officials said late this afternoon. “Canal Corp. protocol dictates that when the National Weather Service predicts a 10-year event or greater, the movable dams are to be opened,” Canal Corp. Director Brian U. Stratton said in a statement. “Opening the moveable dams allows water to flow freely downstream and helps us manage ...


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