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Red Oaks Mill Dam: Fading Fast

A combination of neglect and last year’s storms demolished much of the Red Oaks Mill dam:

Red Oaks Mill dam - after collapse

Red Oaks Mill dam - after collapse

The linear “rocks” just downstream of the dam are sections of the concrete cap:

Red Oaks Mill dam - displaced concrete

Red Oaks Mill dam - displaced concrete

With the cap gone, the concrete-and-rock fill should disintegrate in short order:

Red Oaks Mill dam - crumbled section

Red Oaks Mill dam - crumbled section

Upstream of the rubble, the Wappingers Creek dropped about three feet, exposing bedrock and undercutting the old shoreline:

Red Oaks Mill dam - exposed creek bed

Red Oaks Mill dam - exposed creek bed

Downstream, not much changed. This wasn’t a catastrophic dam break that wiped entire towns off the map.

In February 2005, the fishing must have been pretty good:

Red Oaks Mill Dam - 27 Feb 2005

Red Oaks Mill Dam - 27 Feb 2005

It’s endured quite a few floods like this one in February 2008:

Flood Stage in Red Oaks Mill

Flood Stage in Red Oaks Mill

But in June 2008, after the waters receded, you could tell things weren’t right:

Red Oaks Mill Dam - 2008

Red Oaks Mill Dam - 2008

Looks like a shovel-ready project to me…

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