Grand Western Canal set to reopen following £3m repairs

Grand Western Canal, near Tiverton, in Devon,
Image caption A £3m project repaired the canal which collapsed during torrential downpours in 2012

A canal which burst its banks in torrential downpours is set to reopen after a multimillion-pound repair programme.

A section of the Grand Western Canal, near Tiverton in Devon, collapsed in November 2012.

A £3m repair project by Devon County Council has aimed at upgrading the canal's water management systems.

The canal will be be reopened today by chairman of Devon County Council, Councillor Bernard Hughes.

When the canal originally burst its banks in 2012, 20 nearby homes had to be evacuated.

Roads were also closed and thousands of fish spilled into neighbouring fields.

About 25 people from the Environment Agency and Tiverton Angling Club were involved in rescuing more than 4,000 fish, which were then returned to the canal.

The canal will also celebrate its 200th anniversary this year.

Image caption More than 4,000 fish were rescued after being washed into a field from the Grand Western Canal

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