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Schoharie County flood wall faces complications

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A soil condition that’s helped farmers flourish for centuries in the Schoharie Valley is complicating design for the new flood protection system at the Schoharie County office complex. Engineers found permeable soil extends 35 feet below the surface — a situation that requires extra material to keep floodwater from making its way beneath self-activating flood walls planned for the Main Street office building. Engineers expected permeable soil would descend about 20 feet, but the extra ...

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