Stain­ton on the brink of fall­ing

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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.

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