Heavy rains push back canal opening

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 1 May 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The Erie Canal is pictured on Tuesday evening in this photo taken from the top of the stairs at the lift bridge in Knowlesville. The canal’s opening has been delayed due to the rainy weather.

ALBANY – The recent heavy rainfall has delayed the opening of the Erie Canal’s navigational season. The canal was due to open on Saturday for its 190th season.

The state Canal Corporation has pushed back opening day until next week.

“Conditions permitting, the Canal Corporation expects to be able to open most portions of the Canal System during the week of May 5,” the Canal Corporation advised today.

A revised opening schedule for the 2014 navigation season will be published as soon as possible, Canal Corp. officials said.

For updates and information monitor 1-800-4CANAL4 and www.canals.ny.gov.