As part of those operations, a 300-tonne crane was drafted in to lift a 58-foot narrowboat, which was stuck on a Grade II listed weir, blocking access for boats onto the Rochdale Canal. This complex and unusual job, carried out on 27 June, required Halifax Road, near Stubbings Wharf to be closed overnight while contractors carried out the removal - and to achieve that, British Waterways had to work closely with Calderdale Borough Council.

Boat lifted from flood waters

Boat lifted from flood waters



The stranded boat has now been taken away but both the canal and the towpath remain closed between locks 11 and 17, where the most damage was caused during the floods.  British Waterways’ engineers have been out to inspect the damage, which includes significant erosion of the towpath and the build-up of silt and other debris both on the towpath and at the lock landings. British Waterways has been consulting with customers and businesses affected by the flooding and will continue to issue updates via www.waterscape.com over the next few weeks.

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