Floods affecting northeastern dams, hydropower plants

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Flooding along the central New York/Pennsylvania border is causing concern for dam and hydropower project operators.

According to the National Weather Service, rising waters caused by rain and snow melt have caused moderate flooding on the Black River near Watertown and the Hudson River at North Creek.

Meanwhile, New York's North Country Public Radio, reported that flooding along the St. Regis River might have caused damage to the 7.8 kW-St. Regis Falls hydroelectric plant in Waverly.

An official from Azure Mountain Power Co., which owns the facility, told NCPR that ice chunks knocked some of the dam's flashboards out before the structure became covered by several feet of water.

The extent of the damage won't be known until waters recede over the coming days.

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