Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Dam Removal Begins with River Levels High

With the recent rains, the flow of the Pawtuxet River is much higher than anticipated, and construction crews are working to lower water levels as they begin to remove the dam. Two notches were carved out of the dam on Tuesday and Wednesday, and sandbags and steel plates are being used to control water levels. The river will not be drawn down more than 6 inches a day. In a few days, we should see more of the dam exposed. In these photos from today, you can see the hydraulic hammer working on the northern portion of the dam. A notch was cut in the southern part of the dam on Tuesday.

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