Shutdown shouldn’t shutdown canal draining for repairs


The government shutdown is not getting in the way of making repairs to the Augusta Canal, at least for now.

The plan is to drain the waterway to repair seepage on a section of the bank.

Because the city is licensing the canal it must coordinate with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The city and the regulatory commission are looking at starting the canal draining as soon as the middle of next week. 

“We’ve been working with FERC on that, got some plans we’re working with them on, as soon as that’s resolved we’ll schedule it. I really need it to be completely done and re-watered by the middle of March,” said Utilities Department Director Tom Wiedmeier. 

Wiedmeier says draining the canal will take about a week.

He says the $75 thousand dollar repair job will likely  result in that small section of the canal path being closed during the work.

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