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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

Visitor Centre opens on Devon's Grand Western Canal

Grand Western Canal visitor centre Credit: Devon County Council

A new visitor centre for the Grand Western Canal has opened its doors today in Tiverton. Visitors to the 11 mile attraction, which stretches from Mid Devon to Lowdwells near the Somerset border, will be able to learn about the canal's heritage and wildlife.

The opening comes as repairs are underway to fix part of the historic canal wall, which gave way under flooding in November. The force of the water carved a gorge into the hillside and swamped local fields.

Devon County Council has pledged £3 million to restore it. It's hoped the repairs will be finished in time for the 200th anniversary of the canal next year.

Parts of canal were destroyed in winter floods Credit: ITV Westcountry
Devon County Council has pledged £3 million to repair canal Credit: ITV Westcountry
Embankment near Tiverton burst after torrential rains in November Credit: ITV Westcountry

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

Residents asked to help canal investigation

The empty canal at Halberton after the embankment collapsed Credit: ITV Westcountry

People living near a collapsed canal bank in Devon are being asked to help with investigations into how it happened. Nearly two miles of the Grand Western Canal near Tiverton emptied into surrounding fields last month when the embankment gave way.

A fact-finding meeting is being held in the village hall at Halberton next Thursday, December 20th. Devon County Council officials are appealing for information and photographs before the breach occurred. The drop-in session runs from 4pm to 8pm.

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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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