Author Topic: The Great Embankment may be the East Side's Biggest Threat  (Read 32 times)

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Here's a nice article on the challenges the Great Embankment created for Canal builders posted to the Lockport Journal

https://www.lockportjournal.com/archives/erie-canal-discovery-the-great-embankment/article_578b842a-7da5-5642-b343-35943298f552.html

This man-made canal embankment is one of the longest & tallest on the Canal System and has earth dams on both sides of the canal making this area twice as dangerous for those living below them.

Not sure why a story like this wasn't posted in the Eastside news outlets, seems something the Fairport & Pittsford people should be concerned about, especially if they are overgrown with trees like those in the western end of the canal system.

Good read, and a big safety concern for many.




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Lockport Journal is wanting a paid subscription to that article.

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Really? I saw this one with no issues..Thanks to Erie Canaller for finding & posting this article.

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Have to ask why some in Perinton & Fairport would debate the semantics of what issues have caused what floods, but certainly we can all agree that a "weak link" in what has already been termed an unsafe dam is something NONE of wants to be talking about AFTER another flood happen, right?

If clearing Erie Canal Embankments also removes the possibility of another future flood conversation from happening, the question should be Why not clear the Unsafe Dams? Don't ya think that about sums this all whole thing up?
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The last line of the story should be what makes all of Perinton take note:

Water flooded into Bushnell’s Basin and devastated many homes before the guard gates could be closed.

It really doesn't matter if a culvert breaks opens or a tree causes a breach on the Erie Canal. The fact is a canal flood, that would release hundreds of millions of gallons of water should be avoided at all costs.

The fact that the Canal Corporation is even talking about possibility of floods & loss of human life should make us all think carefully about what to do, and it it would be wise to not simple say unsafe dams are a hoax.