News article created on 21 February 2020

A statement from Julie Sharman, our chief operating officer

Our chief operating officer sends out a statement about the flooding across the UK

Flooded towpath

Julie Sharman, chief operating officer of the Trust says, “Some parts of the UK are currently facing some of the worst flooding the country has seen. Across our waterways we are working hard with our partners at the Environment Agency in their efforts to ensure people’s safety and minimise risk of damage to properties and businesses.

“Our teams are conducting inspections across the canals and river navigations we look after to identify and respond to the impact of the storms. Our priority is to ensure our waterways are safe for people to use, including towpaths, bridges, locks and other structures, and we have put closures in place where necessary for public safety until we can make the necessary repairs. 

“With more adverse weather forecast over the coming days, please continue to let us know about any problems you see on our waterways by contacting the customer services team on 0303 040 4040 or by Twitter @CRTcontactus. In an emergency contact the emergency services/Environment Agency’s Floodline 0345 988 1188.”