why did the canal at Luddenden Foot flood?

Cause or Solution?: 
Causes of flooding
Question: 
The canal has never flooded at Luddenden Foot before. Where were the Canal and Rivers Trust? Nobody saw them or spoke to them for 3 days. Were the lock sluices open at Brearley and if so on whose authority?
Question for which agency?: 
Canal and Rivers Trust
Name of Watercourse Referred To: 
Rochdale Canal
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Question Reference: 
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Category: 
Canal
Asked By: 
John
Armitage
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