Canal may not be reopened before closing for winter
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STATEWIDE -- With concerns over whether parts of the Erie Canal will be reopened before it is closed permanently for winter, many boaters and marinas are left in limbo.
The canal between Waterford and Utica has been closed since Tropical Storms Irene and Lee wreaked damage on several locks in the area. This has left many boaters who travel through the area along the canal stranded between locks, with few options on how to get home.
Local marinas, many of whom are dealing with their own storm damage, say they're losing business from canal goers who would normally dock with them.
Sean O’Neill from the Albany Yacht Club said, "We’re significantly down. Right now we're down about 80 percent for the month of September. I mean, it's early in September, but we normally get a lot of business right around now. And we're not, obviously.
Ron Riley from Castleton Boat Club said, "This is very, very inconvenient. And when it comes to boating, if you don't have the time, you shouldn't be boating because you never know what you're going to run into.”
As of now, the state Canal Corporation said it is trying to assess the extent of all the damage before making a decision on whether the canal will reopen before its traditional November closure.