Ris­ing Lake On­tario wa­ter level raises con­cern at fort

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

The high wa­ter lev­els along Lake On­tario’s south­ern shore have of­fi­cials at one of the United States’ old­est Colo­nial mil­i­tary sites con­cerned about po­ten­tial flood dam­age. Bob Emer­son, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Old Fort Ni­a­gara, tells the Ni­a­gara Gazette that the ris­ing wa­ter level is threat­en­ing to swamp a sea­wall that pro­tects a his­toric struc­ture known as the French Cas­tle. The French built the stone struc­ture in 1726 when they con­structed the fort where the Ni­a­gara River flows into the lake. Emer­son says if the wa­ter level keeps ris­ing it could cause prob­lems for the sta­bil­ity of the French Cas­tle.

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