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Original Text (Annotation: EPW016447 / 1157485)

' Site of a further breach of the canal bank on Saturday 23rd April 2005. This occurred next to the Irk Aqueduct, emptying a mile of canal between Lock 63 and the Rose of Lancaster pub. It happened on a mile-long pound, so a considerable amount of water was swept into the River Irk, presumably along with fish and other wildlife. The embankment each side of the Irk Aqueduct is made up largely of sand, which may have contributed to the seriousness of the breach. The aqueduct itself did not suffer any structural damage. '