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Falls rock scaling operation underway

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From Niagara This Week:

Visitors to Niagara Falls may have noticed a crane dangling workers over the ledge above the lower observation deck of Journey Behind the Falls on Monday.

The workers were chipping away at loose rock in a process called ice-jacking on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls, 13 storeys above the falls basin.

Throughout the winter, water can creep into the crevices of the rock and through the freezing process slowly loosen pieces of rock as the frozen water expands, which then poses a danger to people standing on the observation deck below.

Annual rock scaling operations set to begin

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Niagara Parks will conduct its annual rock-scaling operations along the Niagara Gorge wall on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls Monday to Thursday, weather permitting.

The activity removes any loose rocks and debris that built up during the winter months.

It’s intended to ensure the safe operation and opening of the lower observation deck of the Journey Behind the Falls attraction, scheduled to open Friday.

Annual gorge wall clean up

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From the St Catharines Standard:

Depending on how one looks at it, the great gorge can either be impressive or frightening.

For the crew in charge of the annual rock scaling operation along the great gorge wall on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls, however, it’s the former.

“I don’t find it nerve racking at all,” said Gordon Rosa, a Niagara Parks employee who has been involved in the operation for the past 29 years.

“In fact, I find it very beautiful. The job itself, of course, is strenuous at times, but it’s a very interesting job.”

Gorge wall gets a spring tune-up

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

It’s a job with a great view -as long as you are not afraid of heights.

“I find it exciting every time I go over,” said Gordon Rosa, a mason supervisor with the Niagara Parks Commission.

Each year, Rosa and his crew climb into a cage which is then lifted over the retaining wall near the brink of the falls by a large crane, and they are lowered into the gorge.

It’s all part of the annual rock scaling operation along the great gorge wall on the Canadian side of the Horseshoe Falls. The job lasts about a week.

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