This letter of appeal was written by the citizens of the town of German Flatts (sometimes written Germanflatts) in Herkimer County to the Canal Board. The petition describes how a feeder stream for the Erie Canal floods in fall and freezes over in winter, spilling onto the road into town. The water and ice cause damage to properties and create a hazard. The petitioners suggest an alternative source of water for the canal which will not flood the river road.
New York State Archives. New York (State). Canal Board. Petitions and appeals to the Canal Board, 1827-1926. A1140-78, Box 1, folder 11, document 63.
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