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Director of Canal Corporation gives updates on stranded boaters

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Albany/HV: Director of Canal Corporation gives updates on stranded boaters
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WATERFORD, N.Y. -- Brian Stratton, Director of the New York State Canal Corporation also gave an update for boaters on the Erie Canal. He says at this time, 124 miles of the canal is closed between lock two in Waterford and lock 22 in Oneida County.

Stratton says lock 12 in Montgomery County sustained major damage. Crews are waiting for the water level to recede before they can see the full extent.

Over 50 Canal Corporation employees have been working to clear the canal way and get the system back online, but until then, Stratton urges all travelers to plan ahead.

"Numerous closures also exist on the statewide canal way trail between Rome and Fonda. The Canal Corporation would encourage all trail users to plan detours and alternate routes and exercise extreme caution along those impacted sections," said Stratton.

The New York State Thruway and Canal Corporation says they're mobilizing heavy equipment like wood chippers to Montgomery County to help with cleanup. They're also sending a four man crew.

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