Flood­ing hits the Thames too

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IT WASN’T JUST the North where the wa­ter­ways were af­fected by floods dur­ing the win­ter. This is one of two boats which came adrift on the River Thames at Ox­ford in early Fe­bru­ary.

The first boat was re­cov­ered, but nar­row­boat OneOldPe­culier crashed into Bot­ley Bridge, caus­ing an ob­struc­tion. The En­vi­ron­ment Agency tried pump­ing wa­ter and tow­ing it but, when that didn’t work, a crane was brought in to winch it out.

The owner, an Asperg­ers suf­ferer, has been over­whelmed by do­na­tions to­wards re­pairs, in­clud­ing an anony­mous pledge of £25,000. down 0.75 per­cent from 2014, but a steeper re­duc­tion in the Cen­tral Shires, North Wales & Bor­ders and North-East is largely bal­anced by rises in the South Wales & Sev­ern and Ken­net & Avon.

Of the 177 locks mon­i­tored, all bar one of the top 15 are on the Ox­ford, Llan­gollen, Trent & Mersey or Shrop­shire Union.

The full list is on canal­rivertrust.org.uk.

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