J.B. Holme of Greenodd suggests flood water be diverted into the Lancaster Canal (Letters, June 13, 'Canal could be the solution').

This has been put forward several times and most canals are capable of handling flood water, discharging water down stream and into existing rivers. And probably designed as such.

In the recent floods, the Leeds and Liverpool canal was used to good effect, one report saying: “I have never seen the canal with such a strong current”. This also has the effect of clearing the build up of silt and weed, which benefits the canal considerably.

An underground pipe through the old bed, which is now farmland, from Kendal to Stainton, would be a great advantage.

It could perhaps be incorporated in the work designed by Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership on the existing towpath.

Frank Sanderson