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Repairing bridge dam 'will cost millions'.

WORK on the damaged dam in Whaley Bridge will take years and cost "millions", the project manager has said.

More than 1,500 people were evacuated from the Derbyshire town from August 1 due to fears that the dam wall at the Toddbrook Reservoir would collapse after heavy rain. But the Canal and River Trust, which is responsible for maintaining the dam, have now said it is "happy" with how it was originally built - describing the incident as an "anomaly".

Project manager for the trust, Rob Jowitt, said there are other dams with a similar construction but there will be no change and no increase in cost for monitoring them. Mr Jowitt said: "I wouldn't like to speculate on the scale of the rebuild and repair, but it's going to be major and potentially two to three years worth of work."

Speaking about the cost of a rebuild, Mr Jowitt said: "It will certainly be in the millions."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 22, 2019
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