Can the canal be managed better?

Cause or Solution?: 
Solutions to flooding
Question: 
I'dlike to know why, when the water in the canals can be controlled/moved, was it allowed to overflow, causing massive additional damage (eg at Stubbing Wharf/Drive). When we know in advance that we're going to get extremely heavy rainfall, can we not drain the canal throughout the valley, providing at least some overspill?
Question for which agency?: 
Canal and Rivers Trust
Name of Watercourse Referred To: 
Rochdale Canal
Location of Cause or Solution: 

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Question Reference: 
10
Category: 
Canal
Asked By: 
Suzy
Barnes