W.Va. Boy Drowns in Virginia

Thursday, Jul 1, 2010  |  Updated 7:01 PM EDT
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W.Va. Boy Drowns in Virginia

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The North Fork of the Shenandoah River in Front Royal, Va.

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Some Front Royal, Va., officials said removing a city-owned dam on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River should be expedited following the drowning of a 9-year-old West Virginia boy, the Northern Virginia Daily reported.

The body of Ryan Warner of Bunker Hill, W.Va., was recovered Wednesday from the north end of the Riverton Dam. Authorities said the boy was sucked into a hole after slipping on some rocks near the dam Tuesday.

Front Royal has been working with state and federal agencies to remove the dam.

Councilman Thomas H. Sayer and Mayor Timothy W. Darr said the Town Council should discuss expediting the dam's removal at its July 6 work session.

Director of environmental services Steven M. Burke said expediting the project may not be possible due to the permit process.
 

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