A leak had been detected either from damage to a culvert that carries a field drainage ditch under the canal or the canal wash wall with the canal flowing into an adjacent farm field.
Attempts were made to stop the water flowing through the wash wall with a plastic fibre sheet, but this didn’t stem the flow.
On Sunday, the 16th of July, two fibre dams were installed either side of the leak, with pumps to keep the water flowing towards Liverpool.
This picture was taken on the day after as engineers looked into the problem.
The Canal and River Trust issued an update on the stoppage on Monday, 17.7.2023 to say the section between the dams will be dewatered, a fish rescue will take place, and then a plan will be decided for repairs once the extent of the problem has been determined.
This will disrupt people’s plans for visiting Liverpool or leaving their moorings in Scarisbrick or the Maghull areas for a summer cruise.