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Work Begins on Dredging Flood-damaged Canal

Posted on March 14, 2016

By Lindsay Pantry, Yorkshire Post

WORK has began to dredge 7,500 tonnes of debris from a canal between Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge, part of which had to be closed to boats following the Boxing Day floods.

The £350,000 operation, being undertaken by the Canal and River Trust, is expected to last around six weeks and will focus on a 3.5 mile stretch of the Rochdale Canal between Moderna Bridge in Mytholmroyd to Bridge 22 in Todmorden.

Tonnes of debris, stone and sand were washed into the 200-year-old canal during the flooding, and the stretch between Hebden Bridge and Sowerby Bridge was forced to close to boats. The work, which involves using a floating dredger to dig the material from the bed of the canal to clear the blocked sections to navigation, should see the route re-opened by Easter.


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