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The Danville News

February 26, 2014

Wall ready to protect

DANVILLE — Borough officials are satisfied with the results of a test of the new floodgates at Mahoning Creek.

“We’re very happy,” said Dan Knorr, Danville administrator of governmental affairs, Tuesday.

Knorr said John Hack, borough public works director gave it a passing grade.

“According to John, everything went very well and as good as it could be expected and everything fit properly and snug,” Knorr said.

“It went pretty smooth. They learned to install it,” Hack said of borough employees who installed the floodgate on the east side of the creek.

“Everyone including firefighters installed the gate on the west side,” he said of the first of the two gates put up.

He said he reported to Montour County’s 911 Center that all equipment was off Route 11 at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday. The test began nearly six hours earlier at 7 p.m. Monday.  

Knorr said no major modifications were required following the exercise.

The crew from the contractor, Susquehanna Supply Co. of Williamsport, was back in Williamsport before 2 a.m., said David W. Patterson, corporate secretary for the contractor.

Knorr said borough officials are confident the closures will perform as planned during a flood.

“Additionally, the test was completed in its entirety in one evening, so no additional detour will be required. The borough thanks all staff, borough personnel and emergency workers and volunteers that aided in making this test a complete success,” he said.

Route 11 was closed starting at 7 p.m. and could have remained closed until 4 a.m. for the test involving the contractor, Danville firefighters, Danville employees, Danville fire police and others.

Patterson said the first floodgate was disassembled before the floodgate was assembled on the east side of the creek.

The floodgates are made of steel vertical posts and horizontal aluminum logs. They are stored in two trailers, on wheels, at Danville’s equipment barn.

The project, funded by state grants, cost $1.48 million

Patterson said Susquehanna Supply has some work remaining involving repairs to the existing floodwall.

The company also will work at other flood control locations in Danville, including a wing wall on A Street.

Danville borough officials said if the floodgates had been available during the September 2011 flood, millions of dollars in damage to the Danville Middle School, the Danville sewage treatment plant and businesses along Route 11 could have been prevented.

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