Boat owners have seen their vessels sink or become stranded on a canal bed in Bath after a sluice gate fault led to a dramatic drop in water levels.
I didn’t know there was a lock gate in Twerton. On the river, which keeps the water level up further upstream to where the river meets the canal. OK, so, lock gate gets jammed open and water level drops. Boats tied to the bank fall over etc. OK.
Like all Bathonians I have actively avoided knowing what goes on in Twerton so the existence of that lock was unknown to me.
This though does seem rather wrong:
The Environment Agency has apologised for the “disruption and anxiety” caused after the fault led to water levels plummeting by about 1.8m (6ft) on the rivers Avon and Kennet and the Avon canal.
The Kennet is 80 miles away in Reading. The other side of Salisbury Plain and however many lock gates (80 or summat?) in between. I seriously doubt that the gate failing in Twerton has river levels falling in Reading….