- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) - A dam along the Pawcatuck River is being dismantled after hundreds of dams have contributed to severe flooding in Rhode Island.

The White Rock Dam is six feet tall and more than 100 feet long. The dam, which provided hydro power for a mill, is located seven miles from the mouth of the Pawcatuck River near the Connecticut towns of Westerly and Stonington.

The $ 1.3 million demolition project is expected to be completed on November 1. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was awarded $167 million for recovery and resiliency projects after Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Removing the dam was identified as something that could help mitigate flooding.

Numerous other dams are also being evaluated along the Pawcatuck River for future projects.

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