Kennet and Avon Canal water levels lowest for 90 years

A canal section has been shut down to help protect aquatic life

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A 10-mile stretch of the Avon and Kennet Canal has been shut due to the lowest water levels in 90 years.

The section that has been closed off runs from Crofton Lock 61 near Wilton, Wiltshire, to Copse Lock 80 between Kintbury and Newbury, Berkshire.

British Waterways said low ground water levels was a long-term problem and it would take some time to recover.

The organisation is looking at ways to boost the water supply to the canal but said reservoir levels were also low.

Canal boats that are trapped in this section have been told to adjust mooring ropes to accommodate the changes in water levels.

Those wishing to move will need to get permission from British Waterways first, as every time a boat moves from one section to another it takes with it a huge amount of water which can make the problem worse.

The closed sections have been padlocked shut to prevent any further movement and help protect fish and other aquatic life.

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