Grand Western Canal collapse

Devon County Council has made a £3 million pledge to repair a section of the Grand Western Canal near Tiverton that collapsed in the winter floods. It's hoped it will reopen in time for the 200th anniversary.

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Repairs to Grand Western Canal start today

Grand Western Canal - this section has been dry since the breach Credit: ITV News West Country

Repair work starts today on the Grand Western Canal near Tiverton, with a turf cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of the 6 month project.

Part of the canal wall collapsed during torrential rain last November. Twenty homes had to be evacuated, and thousands of fish spilled into the fields.

The repairs are expected to cost around three million pounds and Devon Council wants to finish them in time for the canal's two hundredth anniversary next year.

This section of the canal has remained open Credit: ITV News West Country

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Canal repair pledge: full report

A pledge of £3 million has been made by Devon County Council to repair a canal that was destroyed in this winter's floods. It's hoped it will reopen in time for the waterway's 200th anniversary.

The embankment of the Grand Western Canal near Tiverton burst after torrential rains in November.

Engineers are determined that it will not happen again. John Andrews reports

Rescuing fish after the canal collapse

Local anglers and The Environment Agency are working together to save fish. Credit: ITV Westcountry

A rescue operation to save fish stranded after a canal bank collapsed in Mid Devon has begun.

The 200-year old embankment at Halberton completely gave way after a two mile stretch of the Grand Western Canal near Tiverton drained into the surrounding fields.

It's left hundreds of fish stranded in a lagoon. Local anglers and The Environment Agency have now started pumping the lake and will transfer the fish to tanks before returning them to the canal.

A large pike is fished out of the lagoon. Credit: ITV Westcountry

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