Officials warn of dangers in post-storm Mohawk River

The Mohawk River may be too dangerous right now for casual boaters, officials with the state Canal C
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The Mohawk River may be too dangerous right now for casual boaters, officials with the state Canal Corp. are warning.

Crew teams have been advised to stay out of the water even though they do not go through any of the canal locks. It’s not an official ban, said Canal Corp. spokesman R.W. Groneman.

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“It’s a matter of caution,” he said. “There’s a safety issue here. There’s a lot of debris in the water. There’s very heavy currents, and uncertain currents. It just might not be a good idea at this time.”

The river is chocked with submerged trees and other debris — including parts of washed-away buildings. Making matters worse, some of the debris is hidden under the high water, making it hard to avoid.

In Schenectady, city officials said the main hazard is submerged debris, not raw sewage. Although sewage was released into the river at the height of Tropical Storm Irene’s passage through the area, water levels were so high that city officials said the sewage was immediately diluted.

Sewage pump stations were brought back online the next morning, and city officials said they don’t think sewage is making the river unsafe.

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