News 12 at 6 o'clock, April 1, 2009
AUGUSTA, Ga.---We're less than a week away from Augusta being full of visitors and one landmark won't look the same.
The Augusta Canal was drained back in January for some much needed upgrades. It's been empty more than two months now and work is still being done.
It turns out the rain is the reason for the delay. The utilities department plans on deciding when the water will be back on April 9th.
With no water, the Canal Authority says there will be no boat tours for Masters week this year.
"We're disappointed we're not going to be able to offer canal tours because they've become such a popular tourist attraction," says Rebecca Rogers, the Marketing Director for the Augusta Canal.
"Right now it looks like construction is almost finished but not quite. Of course, today's a rainy day so unfortunately that might represent an additional small delay," adds Rogers.
They said last year around 500 people toured the canal during Masters week. Even though there won't be boat tours, the canal museum at Enterprise Mill will be open all seven days next week.