Burst retaining wall will cause a long stoppage

Published: Thursday, 25 August 2022

THE flash flood that burst a retaining wall of the Chesterfield Canal will cause a long stoppage.

Canal & River Trust now state that it will take all of two weeks to clear the rubble out of the canal between Worksop Town Lock (5) and Bracebridge Lock (51) before any work can commence, Keith Gudgin reports.

WorksopFlood22'Exploded' inwards

The torrential rain in Worksop, in addition to flooding the Nottinghamshire town, burst through the canal retaining wall closing the canal on Tuesday 16th August, as it 'exploded' inwards with the force of the water with the debris piled in the waterway.

Engineers from the trust, Matalan and contractors attended site to asses the works required to repair the collapsed boundary wall and reopen the canal, with it decided to first clear the debris then prepare a detailed plan of works.

There is thus no intimation when the waterways will reopen, and we are informed that there are boats above Worksop now stuck and unable to either return to their moorings on the canal or the Trent to resume their journey.