Ongoing heavy rain has prompted the state Canal Corp. to fully open movable dams along the Erie Canal between Fort Plain and Scotia, officials said late this afternoon.
“Canal Corp. protocol dictates that when the National Weather Service predicts a 10-year event or greater, the movable dams are to be opened,” Canal Corp. Director Brian U. Stratton said in a statement. “Opening the moveable dams allows water to flow freely downstream and helps us manage water levels.”
Opening both the upper and lower gates of the movable dams allows water to flow downstream without being blocked or diverted by any debris, according to canal officials.
The Canal Corp. also began Wednesday to lower water levels throughout the canal system, including the Mohawk River portion of the Erie Canal, officials said.
Elsewhere, the canal closed locks from Waterford to Mays Point on the Erie Canal and Halfmoon to Fort Edward on the Champlain Canal, as well as locks on the Oswego Canal.