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Stourbridge Canal breach September 2008

If you don't live in the UK you may not be aware that we have had some of the worst weather and heaviest rainfall for many years. The Stourbridge canal suffered a catastrophic breach as water levels rose on Saturday, leaving a huge gap in the towpath where the water ran into the River Stour below. It's a sad way to find out but you can see the sandstone bedrock below the canal in several of the photos. also you can see that the towpath itself was built up from the bedrock and this would have been very hard labour carried out by the "navvies" who built the canal back in the 1770's. The breach is about half a mile down from Wordsley Junction towards the Stewponey junction. LATEST Dec 08 - Canal is now fully OPEN again, see photos below:
25 Oct 08 Please see the photos below of the repair work that is underway. It's credit to all involved that they are carrying out the work so quickly. Canal boat trips and more canal info
The full extent of the damage can be seen in these photos taken Monday 8th September
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