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Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

Things not looking good in Whaley Bridge as a damn on a reservoir that overlooks the town is breaking up. All residents being told to evacuate and take their pets.


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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

Agreed.
My mum used to live there before she passed and my sister in law still lives there but luckily she's above the dam, not below it.
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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...shire-49189955

BBC Ariel footage of the reservoir.

Just hope it holds and the residents are / will be safe.....
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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

Fingers crossed for everyone involved.
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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

The pictures seem to show the town right underneath the dam, as if you couldn’t have put the dam in a worse place! They’re trying to remove as much water as possible from the reservoir but interesting that a lot of work is being done by volunteers, where are the statutory authorities?
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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

That is scary. The concrete sections forming the overflow have clearly been undermined by water, but the crucial question is, 'does the dam itself rely on the soil behind it?'

I see the dam was built in 1831 so it has been there for a long time, but I wonder how much information the structural engineers have about it and how it was designed?
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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

Saw it on the news, it looks pretty damned scary.

Of course it's a good idea to get some water out of the reservoir, but I wonder what the risks are downstream. The ground is apparently sodden so none of the water can soak away, it's all got to flow so if there is a pinch point somewhere it could easily flood.

Fingers crossed that it is all resolved safely.

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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

TV news said it was an earth dam
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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

There was a similar emergency a few years ago but I cannot remember if it was the same dam. There was mention of major repairs in the past so maybe it was.

On the plus side the dam looks fairly shallow. If the graphics provided by the BBC are to be believed the dam is about fifteen metres high, which is high enough but not as high as some newer structures.
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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

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I hope/trust you're not affected.
I know you are in Derbyshire but not sure exactly where.
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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

Thanks for the thoughts Dave, no i'm near Derby so quite a long way from Whaley Bridge.
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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

Let's hope that tomorrow's forecasted rain holds off!

On a lighter note:

https://newsthump.com/2019/08/02/chr...peak-district/

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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

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Let's hope that tomorrow's forecasted rain holds off!

On a lighter note:

https://newsthump.com/2019/08/02/chr...peak-district/

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Sorry, Jim that link is not even remotely funny IMHO.

The people there are facing the complete destruction of their homes, but it seems that's OK by the web site to make a cheap political point.
I will leave it at that.
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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

Its satire Dave, or black humour if you like.

The people of Whaley Bridge are in a desperate situation at the moment, but they are at least safe. I am sure they will try to see the funny side too to help them through.
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Re: Whaley Bridge - Town Evacuated

On "Any Questions" the other night the panel were discussing this situation with reference to the privatisation of the water companies, completely missing the point that Todbrook is a canal reservoir, managed by the Canal and River Trust, a charity which is the successor to the old British Waterways Board. Successive governments starved the BWB of investment and didn't want to continue to fund it, which led to the transfer to the CRT. The CRT have regularly inspected the dam as is their statutory duty:

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The Canal and River Trust said the annual inspection of Toddbrook Reservoir in November was "absolutely fine".This coincided with an independent inspection taking place every 10 years, and this was fine, too.
"Our engineers also inspect the reservoir twice-weekly and this is how we picked up the problem," said a spokeswoman.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...shire-49196766
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