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SWH weathers the storm at the Grand Western Canal

SWH engineers worked through the night to secure the Great Western Canal after the damage caused by floods on Wednesday 21 November.

The freak weather conditions overcame the canal at Halberton, causing its bed to disappear and leaving a void down one side.

The engineers worked tirelessly to construct three dams at Rock Bridge, Grenway Bridge and Tiverton Road Bridge.  The works involved making the affected areas water tight, building a temporary retaining wall and dam and lowering the canal's water levels.

Peter Davies, Construction Director said:

"The damage caused to the canal is a direct result of the freak floods we have experienced.  Our team of experts have done everything they can to stabilise and prevent further damage to the affected areas in the short-term, as well as to minimise the effect on the rest of the canal."

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