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TOPIC: Meuse above Verdun opening next week!

Update on Meuse above Verdun opening next week! 28 Oct 2020 13:46 #119314

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Hi Chris, yes you may use the photo with pleasure. It seems an age since we met in Namur and discussed the imminent closure of the Meuse in 2019! But we are still glad we made the decision to carry on, the Ardennes was stunning and we enjoyed our summer in Verdun too. We will likely stay in Lacroix until the spring, before tackling the Vosges, what with Covid, Brexit, weed and all!

Chris Grant wrote: Good to hear that it's open anyway, quite a sight! May I use your photo for December Blue Flag please?

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Update on Meuse above Verdun opening next week! 28 Oct 2020 12:10 #119307

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Good to hear that it's open anyway, quite a sight! May I use your photo for December Blue Flag please?

Simon Lawson wrote: Since the navigation opened last Thursday 3 boats have gone upstream, through Lacroix, struggling through the weed, and one has just gone downstream towards Verdun.
This despite Very Low water levels and abundant weeds!
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Update on Meuse above Verdun opening next week! 28 Oct 2020 11:00 #119305

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Since the navigation opened last Thursday 3 boats have gone upstream, through Lacroix, struggling through the weed, and one has just gone downstream towards Verdun.
This despite Very Low water levels and abundant weeds!
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Meuse above Verdun opening next week! 20 Oct 2020 13:44 #119127

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Hi Jonathan,
I have sent you the contact by PM.
The river (cut) is filling up today and I'll post here if it actually opens tomorrow.
Simon

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Meuse above Verdun opening next week! 20 Oct 2020 12:57 #119126

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We tried the Meuse south of Verdan and would have got through except for a blocked water inlet due to weed. We contacted a very help manager based in Nancy last summer and hoped you had a name for our use. The weed was horrendous below Dan sur Meuse but we hoped to do this stretch to Tours and the Moselle April/May 2021 hopefully. We want to do the Moselle to the Rhine when there is more winter water. Jonathan

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Meuse above Verdun opening next week! 16 Oct 2020 20:25 #119064

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Hello All,
Here’s some news from Lacroix sur Meuse, to where we have just returned to Beatrix, after 8 unscheduled months in the UK due to a broken leg and the lockdown that followed!
Our contact in the NE office of VNF in Nancy emailed today with an update on opening upstream.:

“Due to unforeseen problems after a long period without water in the canals, we won’t be able to open the Meuse on Monday but around Wednesday. The good news is that the part between the Meuse and the Moselle (towards Toul) will also be reopened on the same day.”

Lacroix is Écluse 12 upstream of Verdun (19). We have been here for a year! As lockdown coincided with the period the navigation was open. The major problem we see going forward is the vast amount of weed in the river. If there are any other DBA members nearby then we hope this is useful and please do get in touch.

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