- Associated Press - Friday, August 22, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Flooding caused by heavy rains has shut down some roads in the Mohawk Valley and forced the closure of a 65-mile stretch of the Erie Canal.

Officials in Montgomery County have declared a state of emergency after Thursday night’s storms caused flash flooding that left several roads unpassable.

Flooding also forced the Thruway Authority to close Interstate 90’s Exit 29 at Canajoharie, along the Mohawk River 45 miles northwest of Albany. The ramps were reopened late Thursday night after being shut down for about 90 minutes.

The state Canal Corp. issued an advisory at 7:30 a.m. Friday notifying mariners that the Erie Canal in the Mohawk River is closed because of high water levels between Locks E-7 at Vischer Ferry on the Saratoga-Schenectady county border to Lock E-17 at Little Falls in Herkimer County.

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