JAFFREY, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire fish and game officials are closing Thorndike Pond to fishing from Sept. 3 through Nov. 30 due to an emergency water level drawdown.

Officials said the drawdown is necessary so the Thorndike Pond Dam can be repaired. The closure will protect the fish, which will be isolated in small pockets of water and would be highly vulnerable during the repairs.

A gradual drawdown of the pond’s water will begin Aug. 15. The pond’s level will be dropped between 9 and 18 inches by the end of the month.

Officials say the public boat ramp will be more difficult to use by Labor Day. The pond level will continue to be dropped until it is about 7 feet below normal.

Construction is expected to be finished by Nov. 15.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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