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Parts of canal system to reopen today

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— Parts of the New York State Canal System will reopen today and it should be completely open to navigation by next week.

In preparation for Hurricane Sandy water levels in the system were lowered to reduce the chance of flooding. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that efforts are now being made to restore the canal system to levels that are navigable.

Once the 524-mile canal system is brought back to navigable levels, recreational and commercial vessels will have until Nov. 15 when the system shuts down for the winter.

Today's changes include lowering uprights and gates at Lock 14 in Canajoharie and Lock 15 in Fort Plain. On Thursday, Lock 8 in Scotia, 9 in Rotterdam Junction, 11 in Amsterdam and 12 in Tribes Hill will begin having their uprights and lower gates lowered. On Friday they will begin lowering uprights and lower gates at Lock 10 in Cranesville.

The proposed schedule, which is aiming for completion early next week, is based on weather conditions.



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