High winds shut Trent for a month


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DAM­AGE TO A pro­tec­tive boom on a weir caused by gale force winds re­sulted in a clo­sure of the River Trent in early De­cem­ber – and looks likely to re­main closed well into Jan­uary.

The boom, in­stalled to pro­tect boats from be­ing washed over the weir at Cromwell Lock (where the river be­comes tidal north of Newark) broke away in the ex­cep­tion­ally strong winds on 5 De­cem­ber.

Ini­tially, it was hoped to re­place it once the wind and high wa­ter lev­els had sub­sided, how­ever it was found that the boom would need to be re­placed and, in the mean­time, the river was closed to nav­i­ga­tion.

Full re­pairs (or, if nec­es­sary, con­struc­tion of a re­place­ment) is likely to take un­til mid-Fe­bru­ary to com­plete; to avoid such a long clo­sure the Canal & River Trust has sourced a tem­po­rary boom, which it hopes to in­stall in time for a re-open­ing around 10 Jan­uary.

Mean­while, the Trent is just one of a num­ber of rivers which have seen tem­po­rary clo­sures re­cently due to high wa­ter lev­els fol­low­ing heavy rain – also af­fected were the Aire, Calder, Sev­ern, Don, York­shire Ouse and Bris­tol Avon.

See canal­rivertrust.org.uk for up-to-date de­tails of canal and river clo­sures.

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