Mon & Brec closed again

Published: Wednesday, 01 September 2010

ANOTHER breach has once again closed the Mon & Brec Canal, with the waterway planked-off.

This occurred yesterday (Tuesday) with all the moored boats quickly being moved from their moorings—the last few early this morning—from between bridges 115 and 116 and stop planks installed to prevent the canal draining away.

Level dropping rapidly

It is described by British Waterways as a leak, but a boater tells that the water level was dropping rapidly and 'no time was wasted getting the boats moved no matter if they were occupied or not'.

The 'leak' is at  Llangattock Aqueduct, and British Waterways tell that the canal is closed with immediate effect, with the section between the  bridges drained  to enable investigation of possible repairs.

Unlikely by weekend

There is no intimation as to any repair that will be required, but it is told it will be 'unlikely  to be finished before the weekend'.

This particular waterway is susceptible to leaks and breaches, with a major one closing the canal for many months a few years ago.

Being the last week of the school holidays the waterway is particularly busy with hire boats, that will be greatly affected due to it being unconnected to the main system.