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June 27, 2012
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is proposing to pay for new flood-control gates in the New York State Canal System to prevent the kind of damage caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.
During last year's floods, trees and other debris in the Mohawk River got caught in flood control gates between Fort Plain and Schenectady, causing extensive damage. FEMA is proposing new gates that fold down under the pressure of floodwater. They'd replace the current chain-raised gates.
FEMA said Tuesday that engineering studies haven't been done yet to see if folding gates are feasible on the Mohawk, and no final cost has been determined.
The Canal System is also scheduled to receive over $8 million in federal grant funding to clear sediment and debris left by the storms.
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