Update regarding Toddbrook Reservoir incident
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Further evacuations have taken place downstream of the Toddbrook Reservoir as work continues to be done to ensure the structural integrity of the reservoir wall.
A small number of properties that lie within the flood risk area outside Whaley Bridge have been evacuated – these are in the areas of Furness Vale and New Mills. Officers have contacted, or are in the process of contacting, all those that are affected.
A number of roads are closed in these areas as part of the above plan - a list of thee is at the bottom of this release.
All residents in the area of Whaley Bridge that is at highest risk of flooding, should the reservoir give way, have been contacted by officers and asked to leave their properties.
ACC Kem Mehmet said: “We understand that residents will be concerned about leaving their homes, however, our priority is to ensure people are kept safe and well and are not taking unnecessary risks.
“This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we appreciate that there is significant impact on this community, however, this is an unprecedented, fast-moving, emergency situation.
“A evacuation point has been set up at Chapel High School, Long Lane, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, SK23 0TQ, and residents will be accommodated if they are unable to make alternative arrangements.
“I would like to reiterate the importance of heeding the advice that officers are giving as this is for everyone’s safety.”
List of road closures:
Whaley Bridge - A5004 junction with B5470 (Grid SK011806)
Whaley Bridge - Old Road Junction with Bings Road (Grid SK011808)
Whaley Bridge - Reservoir Road (cul-de-sac) adjacent Toddbrook Dam wall (Grid SK007812)
Whaley Bridge - Whaley lane junction with Orchard Road (Grid SK010814)
Buxton - A5004 Manchester Road junction with A53 (Grid SK056735)
Chapel-en-le-Frith - A6 dual carriageway traffic island junction with A624 Forresters Way and Bowden Lane (Grid SK062815)
Bridgemont - A5004 Buxton Road traffic island junction with A6 (Grid SK013823)
Buxworth - B6062 New Road junction with Station Road and Brookside (Grid SK023821)
Bridgemont - A6 Buxton Road junction with B6062 (Grid SK011826)
Furness Vale - Furness vale junction with Furness Lodge Close (Grid SK009836)
Furness Vale - Marsh Lane, Gowhole junction with Ladypit Road (Grid SK010839)
New Mills - A6015 Albion Road/Church Road junction with B6101 Union Road (Grid SK000851)
New Mills - A6015 Church Road junction with Hyde Bank Road and Edensor Way (Grid SK001351)
New Mills - B6101 Union Road junction with Back Union Road (Grid SK000853)
New Mills - Station Road (cul-de-sac) junction with B6101 Hague Bar Road (Grid SJ998853)
Hague Bar - Waterside Road junction with B6101 Lower Hague/Hague Bar Road and Fold Road (Grid SJ985857)
Disley - Waterside junction with Waterside Road/Lower Greenshall Road (Grid SJ984850)
Strines - 86101 Strines Road junction with Station Road (Grid SJ975860)