Canal Corp. assessing washout of creek near Erie Canal in Macedon, water drawn as precaution |

Canal Corp. assessing washout of creek near Erie Canal in Macedon, water drawn as precaution

Updated: May 11, 2021 05:23 PM
Created: May 10, 2021 10:35 PM

MACEDON, N.Y. (WHEC) — The New York State Canal Corporation is working to fix a washout along the Ganargua Creek in Macedon, Wayne County that happened early Monday morning.

News10NBC was told the washout caused water to drain out of the Erie Canal into Ganargua Creek.

New York Power Authority Communications Strategy Manager Shane Mahar told News10NBC there is no risk to public safety, to property, or of flooding, but the waters of the Erie Canal were drawn down “out of an abundance of caution.”

He said the creek feeds into the canal downstream of the Ganargua Creek Aqueduct, a three-span stone arch bridge over the creek which also carries the Erie Canalway Trail.

Mahar said in the summer of 2020, cracks were found in the aqueduct’s third span during a structural inspection, so the trail was detoured at that time.

Tuesday the Canal Corp. told News10NBC it's expecting heavy equipment to arrive Wednesday or Thursday so crews can dam off that section of the water so they can refill the canal. We're told the work is expected to be done in time for when the canal officially opens on May 21.

The Canal Corp. says in the long term, it will look into completely restoring the base of the old aqueduct and bridge.

Mahar sent the following statement to News10NBC:

“Canal Corporation engineers and contractors are assessing a washout that occurred along the Ganargua Creek adjacent to the west abutment of the Ganargua Creek Aqueduct in the town of Macedon. There is no threat to public safety; however, out of an abundance of caution, water levels within the nearby Erie Canal are being drawn down. The Erie Canalway/Empire State Trail has been detoured around the aqueduct since last summer after an inspection found cracks in its third span. Additional details regarding the washout will be released as more information becomes available.”

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