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Badgers blamed for another canal flood

18 November 2009 - BBC News

A canal has leaked on the border of north Shropshire and Wales causing thousands of gallons of water to flood surrounding fields and a nearby home.

Llangollen Canal began leaking near Bettisfield in Shropshire at about 0830 GMT on Tuesday, British Waterways said. It said it was carrying out routine winter maintenance on the canal bank when the breach occurred.

Phil Jones, a councillor for Bettisfield Council, said he thought badgers may have been responsible for the breach as they had been digging their setts in the embankment for "quite some time." Badgers setts were thought to have caused part of the canal to collapse on 7 December 2004.

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