Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Mutford Lock

The Broads Authority has been working hard to rectify damage to the electrical and hydraulic control systems at Mutford Lock following flooding in December.

We understand it is a high priority for users and have been doing our best to get it back into operation.

Despite damage to the lock control systems it should have been possible to manually open the gates. However, one of the gates refuses to open. Engineers have found nothing visually wrong with the winding mechanism. The most likely cause of the issue is additional debris behind the gates so a dive team is going in tomorrow to remove any debris and inspect them.

If this is successful and no further issues are found the lock will be back in manual operation by the end of the week and we will keep our website updated.

The longer term solution - replacing the hydraulic system - is expected to take 10 to 14 weeks. This will make the lock more resilient to future flooding events.

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