Red Oaks Mill Dam: Continued Crumbling

Recent rains and snowmelt raised the level of the Mighty Wappingers Creek a bit:

Red Oaks Mill Dam - 2014-04-06
Red Oaks Mill Dam – 2014-04-06

It’s not flood stage, but there’s plenty of water flowing over the dam:

Red Oaks Mill Dam - crumbled top - 2014-04-06
Red Oaks Mill Dam – crumbled top – 2014-04-06

The crumbled rubble fill hardly disturbs the flow until the bottom falls out at the downstream edge:

Red Oaks Mill Dam - crumbled top detail - 2014-04-06
Red Oaks Mill Dam – crumbled top detail – 2014-04-06

I once spotted a job offer for a live-in dam tender over in Wallkill, but it turned out to be Internet debris; they automated the process and no longer need a human. I want to live in the powerhouse next to a dam, but it’s not to be…

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2 thoughts on “Red Oaks Mill Dam: Continued Crumbling

  1. In the 60s, I lived near a mill-turned museum outside of Chicago. Undershot water wheel, with a low dam like yours. The museum didn’t use water power even back then, (they used an electric motor, but the original gearing). I think the wheel still turned up through the ’80s. If I have time, I’ll check it out next time I visit family.

    BTW, wouldn’t a live-in dam tender be called a beaver? [grin]

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