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A tale of two canals - shocking difference between two sides of beauty spot; Tyres, shopping trolleys, traffic cones and even a bathroom sink have been found dumped on the canal bed.

Byline: Lorna Hughes

A huge stretch of the Leeds Liverpool canal is still looking like this - two weeks after a collapsed tunnel left water pouring out through a sinkhole.

Land and some homes near Waddicar Lane inMellingwere left flooded by the leak on June 12 and it eventually drained several miles of the waterway.

Work is taking place to fix the collapsed culvert and while the canal is looking at its summer finest on one side of the Spencer Lane bridge, on the other it's a different story - with all sorts of debris revealed by the low water levels.

Rubbish dumped in the waters including tyres, shopping trolleys, traffic cones, glass and plastic containers - and even a bathroom sink - can all now be seen on the canal bed.

People who live nearby joined Canal & River Trust staff and regular volunteers in Melling on Monday to dig out the debris and clear up the canal.

On Tuesday the clean-up will move to an area of the canal near Stanley Road in Bootle.

The Trust said: "It's a great example of local people caring for where they live."

Vlogger and filmmaker Jordan Ross, who made a video showing the sheer amount of rubbish in the canal, found numerous tyres, traffic cones, half a kayak and even a sink.

In the video he tells viewers: "We've got a motorbike, more tyres, half a kayak - I don't know where the other half is.

"There's a safe as well, that's a bit weird, and what looks like the front half of a bike.

"We literally found all that in 300m ofcanal."

A sinkhole drained the Leeds Liverpool canal - and look what was at the bottom

Firefighters were called to the canal at just after 7.30pm on Tuesday, June 12 and crews initially tried to deal with the water escaping into nearby farming fields.

Some homes then started to fill with water and horses were evacuated from stables after a torrent of water gushed through a stable yard.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Servicesaid an area of approximately 100 sq metres was affected by the water and a temporary dam was created to halt the flow.

Homes and land are flooded after canal bursts its banks

600 sandbags, 20 tonnes of grit, 25 tonnes of clay and a significant quantity of stone were used to fill in and seal the collapsed culvert.

The temporary barrier remains in place under the Spencer Lane bridge, by the Horse and Jockey pub.

Anyone who wants to join the clean-up today (Tuesday) should meet Canal & River Trust staff at the Strand Bridge on Stanley Road at 10am.


Clean up and draining of the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Melling. Photo by Colin Lane

The other side of the Leeds Liverpool canal away from the leak which left several miles of the waterway drained

A temporary barrier erected on the Leeds Liverpool canal at Melling. Photo by Colin Lane

Work is taking place to clean up the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Melling. Photo by Colin Lane

Clean up and draining of the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Melling. Photo by Colin Lane

Work is still taking place to repair the Leeds Liverpool canal after a culvert collapsed in Melling

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Publication:Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 26, 2018
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