Storm causing havoc on the waterways

Published: Thursday, 21 January 2021

THE storm has caused a further breach on the Shropshire Union Canal and a landslide has closed the Trent & Mersey Canal.

BartonNorthwichJan2021The breach is between Wharton's Lock (10) and Beeston Iron Lock (11) and is causing loss of water with the navigation and towpath closed, Keith Gudgin reports.


The landslide has closed the Trent & Mersey Canal at Bridge 200 at Soot Hill, Anderton, with once again both the navigation and the towpath closed.

The flood water rushing down the hill into the canal has brought down structures, earth, trees and vegetation and will be a major undertaking to clear.  Photograph courtesy of Phil Dailey.

Further problems

There can be no intimation as to when these can be attended to as further problems around the system are being reported as the waters recede leaving destruction in their wake.