Canal system, Cross Lake remain closed in Cayuga Co.

Sheriff David Gould: The NYS Canal System including Cross Lake remains closed to motorized vessels within Cayuga County. This runs from Montezuma and Lock 1 at Cayuga Lake east to Cross Lake. Due to recent rainfall, all waterways are at an elevated and hazardous level. The New York State Canal System is running much higher than seasonal levels.This creates a situation where large amounts of dangerous debris such as trees and branches are washed off the shore and into the waterways, often floating unseen below the surface making navigation extremely hazardous. Shorelines are submerged making docks and other structures impossible to observe. Wakes create significant erosion and damage to the expanded water’s edge.For more information on the Canal System, mariners may contact them at 1-800-4CANAL4 or visit www.canals.ny.gov .

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