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Officials practice Iron Channel gate closing

5/2/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

COVENTRY — Officials gathered April 24 for a drill on closing the Iron Channel gate separating the East Reservoir and West Reservoir near Edge Park.

According to Portage Lakes State Park Manager Jim Seikel, the drill involved officials from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Akron Canal Hydraulic operators. Seikel explained the gate generally stays open, but occasionally officials get together to practice closing it.

Officials are pictured above inspecting the gate prior to its closing. Seikel said the effort to close the gate “is a challenge” because of the silt build-up at the gate.

Shown at right, from front to back, are ODNR’s Ron Myers and Josh Garrettson using compressed air to clear silt away from gate base.

Shown below are ODNR Engineering Division’s Jake Preston, at left, and Hung Thai watching as the gate is closed.

The gate was built to close the channel during emergencies such as floods or dam failures, according to Seikel.

— Maria Lindsay

Photos: Lew Stamp

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