Trent & Mersey Canal Breach

Issue date: 2nd October 2012

Following heavy rainfall the Trent and Mersey Canal suffered a breach at Dutton Hollow, near Preston Brook between Middlewich Big Lock 75 and Bridge 213. Significant damage was done to a supporting embankment at Croxton Flash near Middlewich.

In response, CRT has installed temporary dams and stop planks at a number of locations throughout the affected area including at Bridges 174 (Croxton Aqueduct), 181, Bartington Wharf and Bridge 213. The Flood gates at Marbury and Wincham have been closed and locked shut too.
CRT's engineering teams have surveyed the damage and estimated the repair at Croxton Flash will take a number of weeks to complete before the canal there can be reopened. The breach at Dutton Hollow is likely to take longer to repair.

The repair bill has been estimated at £1.5 million and whilst CRT hold a contingency fund that can be used to deal with this kind of emergency situation, it is money that also needs to be spent on essential maintenance and repairs across the network.

CRT has launched an appeal for donations to help fund the repairs. Donations of £5 can be made by texting 'BREACH' to 70800. You will be charged £5 plus one message at your standard network rate. CRT will recieve a donation of at least £4.97 from all major networks of your £5. By using this service you agree that CRT may contact you in the future. If you would rather they didn't, text DECLINE to 70007.

See Trent & Mersey photos by Derek Quillam