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Two Mile Bend
Piling Across Two Mile Bend
To isolate a section of the old channel
prior to dewatering, work started on driving a line of sheet piling
across the east end of the old channel on 16 May. A second line
of sheet piling across the west end of the old channel was well
advanced by 29 May. The joints between the piles were made watertight
by a coating of bitumen which was melted by the heat generated by
friction during the driving of the piles.
isolated part of the old channel, pumps were set to work on 7 June
to remove the water. The project had been delayed for a few days
because a swan was nesting beside the section due to be drained.
After the eggs hatched, permission was obtained to move the birds
a short distance to a new nest prepared by the contractors, and
this allowed the dewatering to start.
lowered the level of the isolated part of the old channel, work
to remove the fish started on 12 June. A huge net was laid out in
a big circle and then drawn into one side. Among the fish collected
was a 13 pound Zander.
For project plans, earlier & later progress and historical
background, see the links above.
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