This was reported by a member of the public and Trust staff immediately went out to investigate. Water drained into local fields and the River Gowy, no houses were flooded, but a few boats were stranded on the bottom of the canal. The canal is currently without water between locks 10 and 11, a distance of about one mile.
Due to the rural nature of the breach site, access is a major challenge and from either side involves a walk of nearly one mile along the towpath to the nearest road. The Trust is grateful to the Lockgate Coffee House for allowing contractors vehicles to use their carpark.
On Friday a temporary horseshoe dam was carried by hand nearly a mile down the canal by around 25 contractors and installed at the breach site to isolate the hole in the embankment. Unfortunately the temporary dam did not hold due to the force of the water and a further collapse of the canal bottom around the breach, meaning the affected boats continue to remain without water.