May 21st – On a late journey to work following a meeting near home earlier, I tried to get on the canal at Smith’s Flour Mill, on the New Walsall Ring Road – but I was thwarted by…. A flood.
I’ve noticed this happen here before: Someone leaves both paddles open on the lock above and I don’t think the overflow sluice next down the line – the lowest in the Birchills flight – can handle it. As a consequence, the pound between floods under the bridge.
The cause appeared to be inexperienced boaters who were in the lock above, looking a bit helpless.
I contacted the Canal and River Trust local team who came and sorted things out.
At least it should clean some of the detritus of the path under the bridge…