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The annual log drive needed water to float the timber and as this article notes the timber company was hoping the water would remain high. This was one of the last big log runs down the Connecticut; the steady cutting of available timber in the upper Connecticut Valley meant that by 1908 there were ever fewer logs being floated downstream. After, smaller log drives would continue, but by the late 1920s and early 1930s this practice had entirely disappeared. By then, logs were almost entirely moved by large trucks.