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posted: 9/4/2012 9:31 AM

Indiana town takes steps to shore up sliding hillside

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Associated Press

NEWBURGH, Ind. -- A southwestern Indiana hillside that began slipping after heavy rains and flooding along the Ohio River last year is being stabilized with new pilings.

The hillside above Newburgh's Old Lock & Dam has been off limits to the public since May 1, 2011. The slide endangered two lockmaster cottages built in 1928 that are included in the town's historic district.

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The Evansville Courier & Press reports the McKinney Drilling Co. is drilling 40 holes that will be filled with steel cages and cement to create the pilings.

The hillside is a popular viewing spot for the town's annual fireworks show.

Most of the $510,000 repair cost will be paid for with a $380,000 federal grant from the Emergency Watershed Program overseen by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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