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Has thought been given to how the dam will be protected and managed in future?

The Reservoirs Act, overseen by the Environment Agency, covers the reservoir. The inspection regime is stringent, especially for a Category A reservoir such as this. There is a minimum inspection period of once per year by the CRT (Canal River Trust) then once every 10 years by an independent engineer. The last inspection was last year, with the report being published this year. The Environment Agency will investigate this incident.

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 is now being 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.

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.