Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

My little village


I can’t think of it as town, officially it is. But whatever you call it, Whaley Bridge in the High Peak of Derbyshire, is facing is biggest ever crisis. The  dam of the reservoir above the village holding 300m gallons of water, has started to fail.

Toddbrook droneand the town has been evacuated. We are safe, well above the flood zone, and we’ve family, two dogs and a rabbit staying with us.

It’s a fast changing and unprecedented situation.

whaley bridge toddbrook reservoir flood map graphic

More info here

Todbrook 5

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “My little village

  1. I saw this on the news last night. I hope they manage to pump away enough water to make it safe – it looks a heck of a lot of water. Good luck.

  2. There were fears of a dam failure here (well, in Arkansas) during our recent flooding, and it’s a terrifying prospect. Breaking dams are even worse than breeched levees, although neither is good. I hope there’s a solution, and I hope people take the evacuation notice seriously. Playing the odds with this one wouldn’t be smart. I’m off to find some news accounts, to see how things are going.

  3. glad you are ok. love to spud from the boys.

  4. That’s worrying, I hope it holds. xx

  5. We have seen the pictures and it does look very terrifying for the people tucked under the dam.

  6. Glad you are safe – hope they manage to prevent the worst from happening. x

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