Whaley Bridge - Toddbrook Reservoir Damage

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  1. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Whaley Bridge has been evacuated as the spillway on Toddbrook Reservoir has been badly damaged due to the level of rain. This could literally wipe the village out if it goes, and will likely flood villages further down the Goyt (New Mills, Marple, Romiley, Bredbury and Stockport).
     
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  2. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    Location:
    Valhalla
    I know, absolutely mind blowing! The hydraulic pressure mist have been enormous.
     
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  3. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    Location:
    On 3 Wheels
    Aye I'd just seen that, terrifying for those living under it. :eek:
     
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  4. Bazzer

    Bazzer Setting the controls for the heart of the sun.

    Marple Bridge is going to be especially vulnerable, with the Goyt passing through it and there being nowhere for the water to flood to, other than towards Stockport.
     
  5. nickyboy

    nickyboy Norven Mankey

    For once I am grateful for living up a big hill. I was planning on riding over that way this evening but I will give it a miss I think
     
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  6. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Location:
    Failsworth
    Feckin bad news that.
     
  7. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    Location:
    Scotland
    I hope you're all seeking somewhere safe down there as the pictures of the Toddbrooke Reservoir Dam, showing part of it having collapsed, are very alarming.

    Police are co-ordinating an emergency evacuation of the town as the Environment Agency has said there is significant danger to life.

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    More details on the Beeb: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-49189955
     
  8. OP
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    fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    The river was about 1m below the main wall yesterday in Marple Bridge. Normally the river is about 10m below !

    I'm about 1/2 mile from the Goyt and my MTB routes run past it. I'm lucky I'm a good few 000's of meters higher up.
     
  9. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Could the flood be diverted to wash Blackpool into the sea? It would be a merciful end for the town.
     
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  10. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Not good let's hope it hold's out. It's no joke if that go's.
     
  11. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Location:
    Failsworth
    Useful contribution.
     
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  12. I like Skol

    I like Skol Hold my beer and watch this....

    Location:
    Ashton-under-Lyne
    Working at a large employer in Hazel Grove, a few miles down the A6 corridor from Whaley Bridge, I'm sure many of my colleagues will live in the danger zone so I guess a fair few of them wont be going to their own homes tonight, or for a few days/weeks into the foreseeable? :sad:
     
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  13. Adam4868

    Adam4868 Veteran

    Really ?
     
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  14. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    Location:
    Valhalla
    By utter chance I live on a high spot, a good bit further Nortj if any water course. This was luck rather than design, but if I ever but another house its vulnerability to flooding will be high in the list of things to watch for.
     
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  15. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Not going to be easy moving everyone out. Let's hope it holds even if it holds it's going to take some time to repair.
    Not too fair away is last time one went which was the Great Sheffield flood 1864 that killed 240. If this went it would make that look like a dripping tap.
     
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