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Part of Leeds-Liverpool canal closes as water runs low

Almost half of the Leeds-Liverpool canal has been closed because of the need to save water in drought conditions.

The closure means a 60-mile stretch of the canal from Wigan, Greater Manchester, to Gargrave in North Yorkshire is now off limits to boats.

Water supplies from the seven reservoirs that feed into the 127-mile long thoroughfare will be cut off during the closure.

Vince Moran of British Waterways said there was no other option but to switch off the taps that feed the canal.

  • 02 Aug 2010
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