Flooding caused by Hurricane Irene has damaged locks and the Champlain & Erie Canals have been clsed while a complete damage assessment is carried out. The Scuttlebutt from sailors in the canal is that the damage looks terminals and the canals could be closed down until spring. Canadian sailors heading for warmer clients should check with the NY State Canal Corporation before departing. www.canals.ny.gov
Map of Erie Canal (partial). SOURCE: http://www.canals.ny.gov/maps/map6.html
CLOSURE CHAMPLAIN CANAL AND ERIE CANAL LOCK E2 TO E19
Mariners are advised that the Champlain Canal, and the Erie Canal between Locks E-19 (Frankfort) and E-2 (Waterford), are closed to all vessels. Hurricane Irene caused record flooding in the Mohawk River and the Canal Corporation is currently assessing damage to several structures. Updates will be provided once the full extent of damage and what efforts are necessary to reopen are determined. Updates regarding the reopening status of the Erie Canal will not be available until next week at the earliest. Updates for the Champlain Canal should be available sooner. For updates and information monitor 1-800-4CANAL4 and www.canals.ny.gov.
Updated Friday 09/02 at 10:08 AM