River reduced to trickle in Constable Country

A stretch of river in Suffolk that was immortalised by the painter John Constable has almost vanished after a weir jammed open, emptying millions of gallons of water.

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Suffolk river reduced to trickle in Constable Country

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

A stretch of river in Suffolk that was immortalised by the painter John Constable has almost vanished after a weir jammed open, emptying millions of gallons of water.

A cut off section of the River Stour near Sudbury has been reduced to a trickle after a weir became blocked at Great Cornard.

Members of Sudbury Rowing Club examining what's left of the stretch of river. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's left water levels plummeting by up to six feet in places.

The Environment Agency have rescued more than 10,000 fish that were showing signs of distress. They are hoping divers to remove the obstruction when it's safe to do so.

The control gate on the R. Stour, Sudbury, has been jammed open by an underwater obstruction.

This has resulted in water levels in this area dropping significantly. We have rescued over 10,000 fish that were showing signs of distress and we will continue to monitor the situation.

Divers will look to remove the obstruction once it is safe for them to do so.

– Environment Agency Spokesperson

John Constable, who was born in Suffolk, used the Stour as backdrop to some of his best-known works - including "The Hay Wain" a painting of a cart and horses in a pool on the river.

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