Notice to Mariners
Hurricane Henri Update
August 21, 2021
In preparation for potential impacts from Hurricane Henri, the New York State Canal Corporation will preemptively lift its movable dams along the Erie Canal and Mohawk River between Lock E-8 (Rotterdam) and Lock E-15 (Fort Plain). The initial lowering of water levels throughout this area will begin overnight with the lifting of the movable dams commencing at 7:00 am Sunday, August 22, 2021.
By lifting the movable dams out of the water, water levels within the Erie Canal and Mohawk River will be significantly reduced to near winter levels, which could result in grounding of any vessels left unattended. Residents and mariners are encouraged to take appropriate actions regarding any vessels, docks, or other seasonal structures in these areas which may be impacted or damaged by the significantly reduced water levels.
For mariners seeking safe harbor, the Waterford Flight (Locks E-2 – E-6) will be available for any vessels arriving by 5:00 pm this afternoon.
The Canal Corporation will continue to monitor the path of the storm and will update the public accordingly through additional Notice to Mariners alerts.