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January 24, 2013

River threatens Lower Park Street homes



This section of Lower Park has been especially vulnerable to flooding for nearly 15 years.

In 1987, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. (now National Grid) was fined by the State Department of Environmental Conservation for releasing tons of sediment and silt into the Salmon River near Titus Mountain Family Ski Center on Johnson Road.

But the material was never removed, and it migrated north to Lower Park Street, where the water has become so shallow there is barely any current to wash the silt out.

Town and village officials were told in June by Army Corps of Engineer representatives that it would cost about $100,000 to study the feasibility of removing the sediment and at least $1 million to do the work.

They said it may be cheaper for the town to offer the property owners buyouts instead of paying for the silt remediation.

The Army Corps conducted a study of the Salmon River in August, but a report of the findings has not been generated yet.

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