|on to the Leicester Line at Norton Junction|
|Watford Top Lock the CRT office, services and book swap room are on the left|
|looking down the Watford flight, which has working side ponds. Will they be repaired at other places like Stoke Bruerne soon?|
|under the noisy M1 at Watford|
We got down the flight of ten staircase locks quickly, helped by the friendly lock keeper. The others were barrowing the weed away!
|Saddington Tunnel looks straight but wobbles about!|
|the riverside fields below the canal were flooded|
|so much water was running off the land, the lock bywashes couldn't cope, so water was flooding over the top gates|
|lots of bricks missing here|
Thursday 17 October the Soar is flooding
The river is nine inches above Norman maximum at Pillings lock. This lock is closed because of debris, apparently, sonde September. I guess it will be closed due to flooding, too. We have driven to Zouch where the flood gates are closed. We couldn’t see the red lights or red amber green level strip so far, but the towpath is flooded below Zouch Lock. There is nothing about this on CRT stoppages, and they haven’t answered my query yet.