30 Aug '11, 8pm

Dot Earth Blog: On Dams, Gutters, Floods and Climate Resilience

Dot Earth Blog: On Dams, Gutters, Floods and Climate Resilience

On Dams, Gutters, Floods and Climate Resilience By ANDREW C. REVKIN Flickr Stream of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo The Gilboa Dam, which forms one of New York City’s Catskills reservoirs, saw record water levels over the weekend. Click here for a broader, high-resolution image . New York City and the communities downstream of one of the city’s reservoirs in the Catskills may have dodged a disaster as the swirling remains of Hurricane Irene dumped between 9 and 13 inches of rain across the valleys feeding that part of the city’s water supply . At the Gilboa dam on the Schoharie River over the weekend, evacuation sirens sounded after the reservoir exceeded the highest levels recorded there . But inspections of the aging dam, which had seen stopgap repairs recently and is poised for a $350 million rebuild , found no structural problems . (The image above was shot as Gov. Andrew M. Cuo...

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