Flooding hits the Thames too
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.