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Your questions answered

We hope this information will help answer any concerns following the incident at Toddbrook Reservoir.

Where can I get the latest information?

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Which roads will be open and when?

View the latest information about road closures.

How will we know if there is a problem with the dam again?

Please be assured that engineers have inspected the reservoir and all agencies involved in the operation have declared that it is now safe.

The dam wall has been packed with 530 tonnes of aggregate which has been cemented into place to reinforce the structural integrity of the spillway.

The water level in Toddbrook reservoir has been reduced to less than 20% and several pumps are in place to maintain that level until the dam is repaired.

If there are any further concerns about safety, the emergency services will ensure that all residents are aware and provide advice about any safety precautions you need to take.

All residents will also have been given a leaflet explaining how the alarm will be raised and what to do.

How will the dam structure and the water levels be monitored in future?

The water level will continue to be assessed until the dam is repaired.

The flow of water into the reservoir has been diverted into the River Goyt and surrounding water courses which have been coping well.

If the water level begins to rise, steps will be taken to remove the extra water to maintain safety.

Is it safe to visit Whaley Bridge?

Whaley Bridge and the surrounding area is a popular place for visitors and we’re welcoming people back now all agencies are confident there’s no longer a risk to safety.

The exclusion zone around Whaley Bridge has been lifted and most roads have been reopened.

Please be aware that a large area around the reservoir remains out of bounds while further investigations take place to determine what repairs are needed. The immediate area around the reservoir, footbridge and slipway will be cordoned off.