Erie Canal still closed to recreational boats

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Storm cleanup in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, which pummeled the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, continues along New York's Erie Canal.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the canal will be opened between Nov. 24 and Dec. 8 to allow transient commercial and recreational boat traffic to reach their destinations this season. Two large tour boats are among the many vessels that have been stranded on the Great Lakes since tropical storms Irene and Lee devastated parts of the state.

The canal took a beating with Irene’s flooding and will require extensive repairs in some spots.

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