Entire Erie Canal open for first time since major storms caused severe flooding

Erie Canal

The entire 524-mile New York State Canal System has reopened after high water levels closed sections of the waterway earlier this month.

The state Canal Corp. says the entire system opened to navigation at 7 a.m. Wednesday with the reopening of the Erie Canal between Lock E-24 at Baldwinsville and Lock E-25 at May's Point, along with the Cayuga-Seneca Canal between the junction with the Erie Canal and Lock CS-1 at Cayuga.

Because of high water levels, mariners are restricted to no-wake speeds in those sections until further notice.

Nearly half of the state's canal system was closed when high water levels caused by heavy rains in mid-May made navigation hazardous.