90-mile stretch of Erie Canal closed by high water

Sailors cruise under a steel-deck lift bridge on the Erie Canal during a sunny spring day in Middleport, N.Y., Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A nearly 100-mile stretch of the eastern section of the Erie Canal remains closed because of high water levels from recent heavy rainfall.

The state Canal Corp. says the canal is closed Friday from Lock E10 at Cranesville, on the Mohawk River near Amsterdam, to Lock E22, near the eastern end of Oneida Lake in central New York.

Canal system officials say the 90-mile-long closed section of the waterway will reopen as soon as conditions are safe for navigation.

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