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New fears to homes from Grand Western Canal discharge

By MDGPatrick  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

The lagoon caused by the  canal breach

The lagoon caused by the canal breach

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POLICE have closed the road between Halberton and Sampford Peverell because of fears a huge lagoon caused by the Grand Western Canal collapse is threatening homes.

Engineers had hoped that the water would disperse naturally and through a  culvert, but this is not happening as expected, a force spokeswoman said.

Officers have now re-closed the road between Sampford Peverell which was opened last night after 24 hours in which the north side of the canal collapsed, draining a two-mile stretch of the canal into fields below.

A Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service pump is on its way to the scene. The plan is to pump water one and half miles away to a stretch of the canal which is watertight after temporary dams were built on it yesterday, thereby draining the lagoon.

The force said it is still possible that homes in Halberton will have to be evacuated.

The police helicopter is flying above Tiverton to provide information and images on the situation to those below. Devon County Council engineers are at the scene.

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