Emergency repairs ordered for Phoenix Dam by NY Canal Corp.

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(WSYR-TV) — Emergency repairs are required for the Phoenix Dam, part of the New York State canal system, in Oswego County.

A statement from the New York Power Authority reads:

“Inspections have revealed emergency repairs are required on a tainter gate at the Phoenix Dam in Oswego County. The tainter gate is used at dams to control water flow. The Canal Corporation, which owns the dam, has dispatched contractors to begin repairs. Crews will first install a steel-sheeted cofferdam, a temporary structure that allows water to be pumped out so repairs can be performed safely. It is expected the cofferdam will be in place in two to three days. 

Out of an abundance of caution, Locks O-1 and O-2 on the Oswego Canal will be closed immediately until further notice. The Canal Corporation is working closely with Oswego County Emergency Management, the village of Phoenix, the Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to address this situation.”

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