Boats are lining up on both the eastern and western canal entrances to Little Falls until problems with Lock 17 are fixed.

by Dave Warner

According to the New York State Canal Corporation, “Mariners are advised that Erie Canal Lock E-17 in Little Falls is closed to navigation traffic due to an equipment issue until further notice.”

Their website goes on to say that crews have been notified about the issue, and word is that a special crane has been ordered to move to Little Falls from Pennsylvania.

Local experts have stated that there is a problem with the guillotine doors that open to allow water in and that they’re afraid further damage may be caused by continuing to use them until they are repaired.