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Flashboards Scheduled for Repair at Vischer Ferry on Wednesday, May 30

Contact:
Connie Cullen
914-390-8196
connie.cullen@nypa.gov
                                                                    

May 24, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBANY—The New York Power Authority, (NYPA) working with the Canal Corporation, will repair a section of flashboards at Vischer Ferry Dam damaged by recent high water and debris.    This work will affect the Vischer Ferry pool. The schedule is as follows: 

Wednesday, May 30        Drawdown of the Water level at Vischer Ferry will start at 5 am and drop to elevation 210.8’ by 10 am. 
                                       The section of flashboards will be repaired and the water level will start to rise by 11 am.  
                                       Water level at Vischer Ferry will return to normal level in approximately 18 to 36 hours, depending on the river flow.

Staff members from NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Project will direct the work, which will be conducted by a maintenance crew from the New York State Canal Corporation’s Waterford Section Office, utilizing a self-propelled flat bottom boat, or scow.

Unforeseen precipitation and high water conditions may delay this repair schedule or decrease the time to refill.  Should you have any questions, please contact John L. Osinski, NYPA Albany Office, at 518-433-6742.

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