Park and Trail closures

Hurricane Irene walloped a wide swath of the Northeast as it moved up the Atlantic coast. Several sections of the Canalway Trail may have been affected. For the most up-to-date information on possible closures of the Erie Canalway trail, contact the NYS Canal Corporation at 1-800-4CANAL4 (1-800-422-6254). For information about a specific section of trail, it is advisable to contact section offices listed at http://www.canals.ny.gov/contact/index.html.

Due to Hurricane Irene, all state parks and historic sites in the Long Island, NYC, Palisades, and Taconic Regions are temporarily closed until further notice. Before visiting other parks and sites in other regions please contact the regional offices for hours of operation.

Several waterways in New York are at flood stage. Before you go out on any trail, or to visit any park, take caution to contact a local management entity to check up on conditions. PTNY’s Trialfinder can be used to look up contact info for several trails. If you do decide to make a visit to a park or trail, use extreme caution in areas near waterways.

UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL PARKS SERVICE:

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Flood waters continue to rise along the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers as a result of Tropical Storm Irene. Despite today’s clear skies, massive flooding is occuring throughout the Mohawk Valley along the Mohawk River/Erie Canal and Champlain Canal. Flood waters are expected to crest in Troy by 8 pm tonight, well above floodstage.

The Champlain Canal and the Erie Canal between Locks E-19 (Frankfort) and E-2 (Waterford), are closed to all navigation. Find updates call 1-800-4canal4 or www.canals.ny.gov.

Our office at Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor is located at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers at Peebles Island State Park. The island has been evacuated and we will await further word from security and flood assessment teams before being able to return.

Several of our staff have Internet access remotely and are able to respond to e-mail. Should you need immediate assistance, contact me via cell phone at 518-321-0451.

We are ever mindful of the tremendous imact that this type of massive flooding will have on the lives of residents, as well as on irreplaceable historic resources along the canal. You can view video released by Governor Cuomo’s office of floodwaters near Schoharie Creek and the Mohawk River/Erie Canal taken earlier today here:

YouTube/Uploaded by Associated Press

Be safe…

Beth Sciumeca, Executive Director
Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

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