Stainton on the brink of falling
IN A SEPARATE incident before the main flooding, Stainton Aqueduct on the Lancaster Canal has sustained major damage.
The swollen waters of the stream passing under the aqueduct scoured out the foundations, causing part of the face of the arch on the downstream side and supporting abutment to break away.
The Canal & River Trust’s engineering contractors have used a temporary dam and pumps to reduce the water level and prevent a major breach.
Although it is on the unnavigable northern reaches of the canal, the structure is Grade 2 listed, and will be needed as and when the restoration plans come to fruition; it is also part of a length still in water and used as a feeder. The initial works have cost £100,000 but the final bill is likely to be around £2m.