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Rain delays opening of canal system

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This year, the rain came early. After a summer of floods and storms that forced the Erie Canal’s closure for weeks at a time, the rain is having an early effect on the canal system’s 2014 navigation season. Due to the heavy rainfall that started Tuesday, the state Canal Corp. has delayed Saturday’s opening of the system and instead plans to open the waterway early next week, said spokesman Shane Mahar. “We’ll have a better ...

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