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Tardebigge canal ‘catastrophe’ averted

Posted on July 01 2012 at 11:31:16

A canal breach in the famous Tardebigge flight of locks that could have sent millions of gallons of water cascading into Bromsgrove was dammed in the nick of time.

When British Waterways staff responded to concerns of a permanent moorer a full-blown breach was imminent.

“It was like watching a volcano about to blow,” according to The Fifty Eight, the magazine of the Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society.

The canal was closed for 48 hours while the breach was repaired, averting what The Fifty Eight described as a catastrophe in which “Aston Fields and even parts of Bromsgrove would have been underwater, causing untold damage to property, even deaths.”

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