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Fish rescue underway as canal at Birmingham's leaking Gas Street basin drained

Thousands of fish are being rescued from a stretch of canal at Birmingham's Gas Street basin after it sprung a leak earlier this week. A 200 metre section is being drained so repair work can be carried out.

Fish rescue in leaking Birmingham canal delayed

The Worcester Stop Lock at Gas Street Basin in Birmingham Credit: Canal & River Trust

Thousands of fish are being rescued from a stretch of canal in Birmingham city centre this weekend after it sprung a leak earlier this week.

The Canal & River Trust were originally expected to start work this afternoon, but they have been forced to postpone until tomorrow.

They are to drain a 200 metre section of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal to investigate water seeping from an aqueduct into a service road and disused railway tunnel.

The fish will be stunned with electricity, before being taken out of the drained canal by experts.

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