Eighteen miles of the state canal system closed since last weekend’s heavy rains will reopen Sunday morning, the state Canal Corp. announced Friday.
The stretch will reopen at 7 a.m. and the entire waterway will then be navigable once again, agency officials said in a news release.
Work to clear the Erie Canal of debris continues in the closed section from Canajoharie to Little Falls, which includes locks in Palatine Bridge, Fort Plain, St. Johnsville and Little Falls. Water control gates will be set back into place once the remaining debris is removed so navigation can be restored, officials said.
Until then, water levels may be significantly lower than normal in those areas, the Canal Corp. warned. Water levels should be back to normal by early Sunday morning.
Other sections affected by the storms, including from Lock 2 in Waterford to Lock 20 in Whitesboro, the Oswego Canal and the Champlain Canal, reopened earlier this week.
Boaters are advised to check the reopening schedules posted under Notices to Mariners at www.canals.ny.gov.