Lock flights closed after rain damages reservoir

Boaters on the Peak Forest Canal and the Macclesfield Canal are being urged to take extra care after heavy rainfall damaged a reservoir in Derbyshire.

The Canal & River Trust has closed the Marple lock flight on the Peak Forest Canal and the Bosley flight on the Macclesfield Canal as it works with local agencies following damage to the spillway at Toddbrook Reservoir, situated above the town of Whaley Bridge. The 180-year-old reservoir feeds the Peak Forest Canal.

The town is being evacuated following intense rainfall earlier this week which caused widespread problems across the North West.

A picture of serenity at Marple Aqueduct. Pictures: Martine O’Callaghan

A CRT spokesperson said: “Our engineers are on site assessing the scale of the damage and over the next few hours we will be doing all we can to draw down water from the reservoir in a controlled way to reduce the risk to surrounding communities. 

“In the meantime we have taken the decision to close the Marple flight on the Peak Forest Canal and the Bosley flight on the Macclesfield Canal while we manage the potential risks.  The emergency services are taking every precaution, including evacuating local properties and closing local roads to maintain public safety. If you are boating in this area please take every precaution.”

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