Canal bank collapses near Tiverton

A shot from the police helicopter showing the collapsed bank and flooded fields Credit: Devon &Cornwall Police

A 100ft long section of the Grand Western Canal has collapsed. It happened at Halberton, near Tiverton this afternoon. A section of the raised bank measuring approximately 100 feet across on the north side collapsed causing water to flood into fields.

A short while later a 100 foot section on the south bank collapsed. Devon County Council engineers and emergency services are assessing the damage. The water in the canal is being restricted by temporary dams which is reducing the impact of the flooding. No homes are reported flooded.