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Section of Erie Canal reopens after flooding

Posted at: 07/17/2013 9:34 AM
Updated at: 07/17/2013 12:44 PM
By: Subrina Dhammi



Here's an upside to this stretch of hot, hot days.

It has been dry, giving time to make repairs, and re-open a section of the Erie Canal.

The stretch between Lock 11 in Amsterdam, and Lock 15 in Fort Plain officially re-opened Wednesday morning.

That is great news for boaters who have been stranded for weeks.

At Lock 11 in Amsterdam, a small boat was docked Wednesday morning, where the two-person crew waited anxiously for the canal to officially re-open. “Great mood in spite of all the challenges,” said  Nick Dube is from Quebec City. He owns a boat called the “Blue Night,” He says some stranded boaters have been staying on boats. Others have rented cars to go out and do things.

They arrived in Waterford on June 24th.

Then, two rounds of flash flooding caused damage to locks on the Erie Canal. The stranded boaters formed a small community, watching out for each other's belongings, and passing time together. It really wasn't so bad.

“I made friends…We barbecued out here…For being stuck it was not so bad,” said Dube.

Now they're ready to go home, and get through all the locks before another potential storm causes more delays. “We'll have a whole welcome party when we come in,” says Dube.

If all goes well, they'll be back in Quebec City by next weekend.