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Flood gate installed in Newport

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lindsey Wopschall) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lindsey Wopschall)
NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) -

Every year the City of Newport puts up its flood gate.

"We practice on it every year we do one gate, so we want everyone to be familiar with how it goes together," said Newport Community Services Director, Doug Roell.

This year the gate is going up because of real flooding concerns.

Friday night Newport made the decision to close this gate under the South gate bridge, when the city learned the Ohio River would hit 58 feet.

To install the gate, first crews remove the pits in the ground to expose the pin blocks and then the trusses.

"Once that is completed we will start putting in the ribs and putting them across, and bolting them in place. Then after that and putting in the panels blocking them with sand bags," said Roell.

This is one of seven gates the city of Newport has. The last time the other gates were installed was in 1997 when the Ohio River measured 64.7 feet.

Crews said the task to build the flood gates while typical, is tedious.

"The biggest thing is you have to make sure you have all the pieces in properly and everything is good," said Roell.

It took 4.5 hours for crews to put up the flood gate Saturday, crews said the gate will come down next week.

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