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C&O Canal basin in Cumberland, Md., springs a leak

Thursday - 12/19/2013, 3:26pm  ET

CUMBERLAND, Md. -- Managers of the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park say they may have to fill in a leaky turning basin in Cumberland at the center of the state-subsidized Canal Place tourism development.

The Cumberland Times- News ( ) reports that Chief Ranger Brad Clawson raised the possibility after disclosing the problem at a meeting Tuesday of the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority.

Clawson says water seems to be flowing from the quarter-mile basin back into nearby Wills Creek, the water source for the project.

Clawson also reported the failure of one of two large pumps that were installed to eventually rewater more than a mile of the canal for boat rides. The turning basin was rewatered in 2006.

The state has spent more than $22 million on Canal Place since 1994.


Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times- News,

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