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Work continues at collapsed Erie Canal bank in Orleans Co.

Canal employees have assisted about a dozen boaters stranded in a temporarily closed section of the Erie Canal in Orleans County, the New York State Canal Corporation announced.Canals crews and contractors continue to stabilize the south bank of the Erie Canal in the Village of Albion, and to assess the cause of a partial failure on July 30.Boat traffic on the Erie Canal has been suspended for a 25-mile-long section between Middleport in Niagara County and Holley in Orleans County. Guard gates at those two locations remain closed to draw down water levels so that engineers can inspect and repair the damage.Canal Corporation officials emphasized that there is no imminent threat to neighboring lands.On Wednesday, the Canal Corporation provided a crane to assist in the removal to flatbed trucks of three for-hire canal boats operated by Mid-Lakes Navigation at Macedon in Wayne County. The boats had been stranded on the western end of the Erie Canal.Local residents were alerted immediately Monday night when a large sinkhole developed south of the Canal.On Monday, maintenance crews from Orleans County and other local governments assisted Canal crews and contractors in emergency action to fill large sinkholes that developed outside the Canal’s south embankment.Albion-Eagle Harbor Road remains closed between Gaines Basin Road and State Street, in the vicinity of the failure.For updates and information, visit www.canals.ny.gov .

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