Erie Canal Bridge lock broken, boaters stranded

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HERKIMER, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — It is almost Memorial Weekend and many boaters have started their voyage but after unforeseen circumstances, they might be barbequing in Little Falls.

It has been almost a week since the lower gate on Lock E-17 on the Erie Barge Canal in Herkimer County has been broken causing boaters to be stranded. Canal workers are using a crane to help them try to get this lock open.

Robert Bourgueignon, from Syracuse, New York was taking his boat to Syracuse says the experience has not been all bad, “The town is great, they brought water and stuff over. Anything we needed they were more than happy to address it. They have been super and the lock too, the lock canal system has been great also.” -Robert Bourgueignon, Boater

“You know every boater’s been broken down before so having a delay or something is nothing new. Having a hundred and some year old lock is new but you know I’m sure they’re doing everything they can and we wait for good news.” -Eric Schneider, Boater

Eric Schneider, also from Syracuse, New York is headed to Clayton New York on the St. Lawrence River, “You know you meet people up and all the way down the dock, everybody’s great. It is just a story you’ll have to tell. It would be great to have a memorial day that’s not under a bridge but there’s nothing you can do so we just wait.” -Eric

“Most of us would be spending memorial day on our boats anyway.” -Robert

It may not be the Memorial Weekend they had planned but the experience is one to tell.

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