High winds shut Trent for a month
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.