West by Southwest to Stickney

Chapter 5 Photos, 33–62

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Draining the Central Area

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Photo 5.47

Looking upstream or north on May 11, 1937, from the large outfall sewer showing the downstream side of two timber backwater gates on West Towns outlet sewer section 3. Hinged at the top, the backwater gates will swing open to discharge combined sewage and stormwater to the canal when the water level in the sewer is higher than the water level in the canal. (MWRD photo 23120)