Dramatic canal collapse was predicted months before it happened – councillor

Profile image for Western Morning News

By Western Morning News | Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 06:30

The potential failure of the water management system on the Grand Western Canal near Tiverton was discussed months before the devastating breach during the November floods, a councillor says.

Anglers, businesses and other custodians of the 199-year-old waterway had previously debated their concerns over the possibility of a disaster.

Welcoming Devon County Council's decision to invest £3 million in repairing, restoring and modernising the canal, Councillor Des Hannon said "important lessons were learnt" after the embankment collapse last which has left two incomplete sections of the waterway.

Coun Hannon, who represents Tiverton East and chairs the Grand Western Canal Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) said: "The JAC has talked about this issue for quite some time before it happened. It was something that was systematic, things have been developing which didn't make something like this inevitable but did mean it could happen."

Following heavy rain on November 21, water levels in the canal are estimated to have risen by 25cm within hours and part of the swing embankment, which rises nearly 60 feet from surrounding fields at Halberton, collapsed, resulting in a mile-long section of canal being closed since the incident.

At a meeting of the county council's cabinet last week, Coun Stuart Hughes said he had been "very impressed by the passion of the community" to see the canal restored with people in Halberton and surrounding villages pledging money.

      

Comments

       
max 4000 characters
        
   

Latest Stories in Tiverton

       
      

Local Vouchers

       
  • Ladies give us your support

    HR Hair & Beauty

    Right then Ladies October is soon upon us and that means Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's time to bin all your old bras, bras that no longer fit, We're collecting them to be recycled

    Terms: Bag them up and drop them into the salon to be recycled

    Contact: 01884210673

    Valid until: Wednesday, December 31 2014

     
  • Kissed by Mii Tan treatment

    Heyford House Day Spa

    Are you feeling pale, why not come in and be pampered with our amazing Kissed by Mii manual tan application, we will exfoliate your body, moisturise and then apply the tan £40.00

    Contact: 01884210659

    Valid until: Friday, October 31 2014

     
   

Local Jobs

       
   

Search for...

       
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min price is bigger than Max price
        
Min rent is bigger than Max rent