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Century old dam in Flint being demolished

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After nearly a century of operations the Hamilton Dam over the Flint River is being demolished.

Officials say the demolition is going better than expected with nearly half the dam razed in just one day.

They add that while it’s good for demolition, the ease they’ve had with tearing the dam down shows how dire the need to remove it really was.

Amy McMillan is the Director of the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission. She says they are also getting rid of an inflatable dam along the river.

“They are being removed for a couple of reasons, one is ultimately to improve the aquatic habitat and fish passage of the Flint River in the area as it flows through downtown Flint.”

McMillan says the dam removal will also open the river to kayakers and other non motorized boats.

She says this is part of a 38 million dollar Flint waterfront restoration project that has been in the works since 2005.