In the torrential rain this guy tried to clear the drain.
After about 30 minutes he changed technique and brought in the pushtug Stork.
By holding the bows on the bank and engaging full ahead he hoped the turbulence would dislodge the blockage.
Finally it was back to the trusty rake.
One casualty of this operation was a duckling who ventured too close to the vortex and disappeared.
We think the poor fellow survived but the mother has been unable to retrieve him/her.