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Possible breach near Wharton's Lock, Shropshire Union


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2 minutes ago, rgreg said:

As per title, there are reports of a possible breach near Wharton's Lock.

From the photo on FB it looks more than possible, only the concrete holding water back, towpath gone and water pouring over the concrete 

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4 minutes ago, David Mack said:

No "possible" about that! CRT need to drop the pound level a few inches ASAP, but that won't be easy in the current conditions.

The initial verbal report I heard was "possible".. the photo I posted indeed confirms the breach.

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From CRT's perspective it's getting better & better because (1) it improves their status of the ratio of unforeseeable issues to preventable faults - thus increasing the managers' annual bonuses - and (2) it would cause plenty of upsets and therefore help their pleas for crowd-funded repair contributions.

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8 minutes ago, furnessvale said:

At the moment a single sheet of 8 x 4 ply backed up by a dozen sandbags would hold the job.  By the time CRT get to it it will be a £multi millions breach.

 

They will have to wait for the right weather so they can get that chopper in and drop sandbags all over the shop. Always looks good on the telly.😉

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CRT stoppage notice:

Notice Alert

Shropshire Union Canal
Location: Lock 10 to Lock 11, Shropshire Union Canal
Starts At: Lock 10, Wharton's Lock
Ends At: Lock 11, Beeston Iron Lock

Thursday 21 January 2021 09:30 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Structure failure


 

Original message:

 

Please be advised, as a result of Storm Christoph, canal navigation and towpath are currently closed between Lock 10, Wharton's Lock and Lock 11, Beeston Iron Lock on the Shropshire Union Canal.

Our teams are onsite inspecting the breach in the canal wall and an update will be provided tomorrow, Friday 22 January.

You can view this notice and its map online here:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notice/19052/lock-10-to-lock-11-shropshire-union-canal

You can find all notices at the url below:
https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/notices

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13 hours ago, matty40s said:

I'm quite sure Chas Hardern will have reported it.

Good lord - is he still going?

 

Must be nearly forty years since we worked our way through his hire fleet (and even longer since he repaired Magpie the Elders outboard motor while us children lounged in the sun!)

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28 minutes ago, Tracy D'arth said:

Well its still a family business, see his boats regularly on the Shroppy. Always well turned out though one past last week breaking ice, it will definitely need blacking now!

Thought there was a lockdown?

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There's a video on FB from this morning showing the bank has now gone completely.  I can't work out how to download the video and post it here. Maybe it's not allowed.

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3 minutes ago, Alway Swilby said:

There's a video on FB from this morning showing the bank had now gone completely.  I can't work out how to download the video and post it here. Maybe it's not allowed.

 

Facebook don't like you downloading videos from them, you have to use tricksy websites that you paste the URL into to snag them. Said websites are usually full of pop-ups and spam, best to ensure any shields are fully up before venturing onto them.

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1 minute ago, Hudds Lad said:

 

Facebook don't like you downloading videos from them, you have to use tricksy websites that you paste the URL into to snag them. Said websites are usually full of pop-ups and spam, best to ensure any shields are fully up before venturing onto them.

Thanks, but I don't think I'll bother. The screenshot will have to do.

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1 minute ago, Tracy D'arth said:

Obviously the leak was not severe enough to warrant an easy fix so they waited

 

Obviously? Do you mean "probably", or perhaps "possibly"?

 

 

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48 minutes ago, 1st ade said:

Good lord - is he still going?

 

Must be nearly forty years since we worked our way through his hire fleet (and even longer since he repaired Magpie the Elders outboard motor while us children lounged in the sun!)

Yes, about 40 years ago...

He started with camping boats almost 50 years ago .

Heres me in 1981

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