VIDEO UPDATE: Divers out today to remove blockage causing low River Stour levels

EA workers are wading through the mud to save the fish. Photo by Tim Ranson ANL-161125-154045001
EA workers are wading through the mud to save the fish. Photo by Tim Ranson ANL-161125-154045001

The Environment Agency (EA) has said divers will be sent out today to try to remove a blockage at Cornard weir that has caused the water levels on the River Stour in Sudbury to drop by around six feet.

Some areas, such as the cut off by the Quay Theatre, have almost totally dried out, while previously submerged banks and bridge footings have been exposed.

The EA has been out rescuing thousands of fish that were in danger, left in small puddles.

An EA spokeswoman said: “At the moment we are getting the divers out today to get the blockage removed.

“We couldn’t get them out before unfortunately.”

It was originally hoped the blockage, which is causing a control gate to remain jammed open at the weir, would be removed over the weekend.

Low river levels on the River Stour due to blockage at Cornard weir ANL-161124-124527001

Low river levels on the River Stour due to blockage at Cornard weir ANL-161124-124527001

Sudbury Drone Photography has been out recording some remarkable footage of the low levels which can be viewed by clicking play on the video screen in the article.

The River Stour cut off at The Quay Theatre, Sudbury. Photo by Tim Ranson ANL-161125-153649001

The River Stour cut off at The Quay Theatre, Sudbury. Photo by Tim Ranson ANL-161125-153649001

Desperate attempts to save the fish. Photo by Tim Ranson. ANL-161125-154328001

Desperate attempts to save the fish. Photo by Tim Ranson. ANL-161125-154328001

There is very little water left in the River Stour in Sudbury at the cut off to the Granary. Photo of Tim Ranson ANL-161125-154419001

There is very little water left in the River Stour in Sudbury at the cut off to the Granary. Photo of Tim Ranson ANL-161125-154419001