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Floods: Derbyshire...Entire town on brink of disaster

Infinity
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Floods: Derbyshire...Entire town on brink of disaster

 

Entire town on brink of disaster: Police tell families to 'get out ASAP' in mass evacuation of 6,500 people as crumbling dam - holding 300million gallons of water - looks set to BURST at any minute after floods

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7310651/Police-evacuate-6-500-people-crumbling-dam-looks-se...

https://metro.co.uk/2019/08/01/whaley-bridge-evacuated-as-toddbrook-reservoir-suffers-partial-collap...

The dam is quite close to us, Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire

 

Toddbrook Reservoir.jpg

 

But we are far enough away to not be directly affected.

(And we do live on a Hill)

 

Our thoughts are with the residents, who are being evacuated.

 

Or otherwise affected.

 

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/reservoir-sealed-police-people-...

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Re: Floods: Derbyshire...Entire town on brink of disaster

Devastating and potentially disastrous. Lovely area and lovely people, I hope things work out for the best...

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@Infinity wrote:

 

 

Toddbrook Reservoir.jpg


 

When I was watching the live report on the BBC News channel a couple of hours ago (before you started the topic) there was no longer any water running down the spillway as shown in the pic above, so at least they appear to have dropped the water level to a degree.

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Re: Floods: Derbyshire...Entire town on brink of disaster

Did not think I would be seeing something like this on the news, I understand that repairs were made to the Dam several years ago although the Dam itself is very old and that type of construction is not in use today.

Fortunately the community has been warned in time and people & Pets are being moved out of the area.

Will be very worrying for those affected, lets hope repairs can be done in time.

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Funny thing is that when dambusters used bouncing bomb on German dams the two concrete dams were breached but the one made with an earth wall like the one in Derbyshire was not ( although it had a concrete core ) .  Apparently the experts in UK knew it would be harder to breach than the fully concrete ones.....

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@gleneagles wrote:

 

Fortunately the community has been warned in time and people & Pets are being moved out of the area.


 

We got the call Lunchtime, so we collected elderly relatives and brought them here for the weekend, possibly longer.

The main problem would be access to their medication, if the evacuation goes on too long.

 

The outlook is not good.....

 

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Re: Floods: Derbyshire...Entire town on brink of disaster

Scary stuff, though not as epic as the Oroville dam across the pond, it's still something you don't want to ever experience, hope they can get it shored up and made safe...

 

But it does highlight a problem of old dams and changing weather patterns, may be time to start thinking about replacing a lot of these 19th century dirt-piles with something new, especially considering that over a century's worth of silt has probably built up making it not only more shallow, but a potentially toxic mess that if this dam does fail, it could be a far bigger mess to clean up than anticipated...

 

(spent way too much time watching videos on dams after Oroville, learning about failures, silting problems and toxicity of the silt collected)

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Many local houses are not protected even with sandbags, flooding sewer water comes up through the floorboards, and that's not very nice...

 

So many pictures of householders & small business so affected.

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Sad thing is when houses / a whole village get evacuated the bad guys sense a golden opportunity for a few house burgling opportunities,  I wonder if local police have stepped up patrols ? 

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The stunningly beautiful Lyme Park is also affected by Flooding.

 

Been going there since a very young lad.

 

Deer every where, some great walks & picnic spots.

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7313691/Home-famous-Colin-Firths-Pride-Prejudice-lake-scene...

 

 

 

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@Infinity Should the dam wall collapse then many houses will be flooded, but give the amount of water and the energy it will produce do you think property in the direct line could be demolised ?

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They should really be putting in some temporary diverting blocks of concrete, if at all possible.

 

Possible also some really large ones outside houses & businesses.

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It seems daft all that water yet with the river Test levels dropping they are already talking about a hosepipe ban down here.

Maybe all that HS2 money could be put to better use with aqueducts instead of rails. There's always been speculation about some sort of water network and with the increasing hot dry spells something will have to be done eventually.