The openings, or conduits, won’t allow more water downstream than the river channel can handle, according to Gibson. The remaining floodwaters are held in basins behind the dams and will drain out over the next several days.
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MCD officials said water storage is expected to crest at four dams today, and at the Englewood dam on Friday night or Saturday morning. MCD officials closed storm sewer floodgates in Troy, Middletown and Hamilton on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, to prevent rising rivers from backing up into storm sewers and city streets.
The five dams have stored floodwaters more than 1,950 times in the past 100 years, according to MCD. That allows levees to keep floodwaters within the river channel through Piqua, Troy, Tipp City, Huber Heights, Dayton, Moraine, West Carrollton, Miamisburg, Franklin, Middletown and Hamilton.
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