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River Avon, Bath

Old Crusty

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Just in case any of you intrepid navigators were planning passage downhill to Brizzl, the EA's Twerton sluice gate failed again at dusk last evening (happened last October 2019) and let the water run away in Bath, several boats hung up, others sank, multiple response from emergency services. Hearing that the sluice won't be shut in to raise the water level till the sunken boats have been pumped out.

Notice Alert
Kennet & Avon Canal
Location:
Lock 6, Weston lock to Lock 7, Bath bottom lock
Starts At: Lock 7, Bath Bottom Lock
Ends At: Lock 6, Weston Lock

Tuesday 15 September 2020 19:00 until further notice

Type: Navigation Closure
Reason: Structure failure


Original message:
Please be advised that due to mechanical failure of the Environment Agency sluice gates at Twerton the water levels between lock 6, Weston Lock and Lock 7, Bath Bottom Lock are currently dropping rapidly.

The Environment Agency have been informed and their engineers are on way to site however we are advising customers not to navigate. The emergency services are in attendance.
 

Old Crusty

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EA has agreed to cover costs incurred by boaters due to the sluice gate opening. That must be a first.
 

LimL

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EA has agreed to cover costs incurred by boaters due to the sluice gate opening. That must be a first.
Let’s hope their insurers are covering the cost then... otherwise the pot that pays for the things we boaters need will be reduced too...
 

Old Crusty

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Let’s hope their insurers are covering the cost then... otherwise the pot that pays for the things we boaters need will be reduced too...
That pot continues to reduce each year. The EA has saved itself many compensation claims with associated legal fees.
 
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