Canal opens rest of system

The last remaining closed section of the New York State Canal System reopened Sunday, bringing the entire canal back into operation following recent high water, excessive current, and debris caused by heavy rain.

Restoration work is continuing in the 18-mile section of the Erie Canal from Canajoharie to Little Falls, including Locks E-14 (Palatine Bridge), E-15 (Fort Plain), E-16 (St. Johnsville) and E-17 (Little Falls). After remaining debris is cleared, water-control gates will be set back into place so navigation can be restored. Until the work is completed, water levels may be significantly lower than normal in these areas.

Other affected sections — including from Waterford (Lock 2) to Whitesboro (Lock 20), the Oswego Canal and the Champlain Canal — reopened earlier this week.

Boaters in and around the closed area should stay safely moored until the reopening is complete.

By Patricia Older

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