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Ojay 02-05-2011 20:27

Sluice Overflow, Nr Bury - Feb 2011.
 

Sluice Overflow

I'd had my eye on this Outfall for a while now, but bad weather and my recent injury prevented me from taking a closer look.

As I was passing through today, I decided to finally get up close and see what exactly it was. From the opposite side of the river bank it appeared a fairly big (2.1M) conrete outfall with a big ass grille preventing access.

I assumed it was a CSO, but the absence of toilet peripherals or running water ruled that or a culvert out :confused:

Getting down the river bank and up close provided much entertainment, nevertheless I made it in one piece :D

As I peered over it looked as though getting through the grille was going to be near on impossible, still I climbed down to the waters edge to attempt entry.

No sooner did I put my leg in it disappeared quicktime into sinking sand, and I mean disappeared :eek: I quickly whipped my leg out and opted for the other side, which tbh didn't look much different, also the water was quite deep as well.

Again I stepped in and was sinking fast past my waist FFS, all this fuss for a bloody overflow. Without wanting to give up I managed to climb around the outside of the concrete and into the recess which housed the Outfall. There was a huge build up of quicksand in front of the grille so i had to climb onto it and over to the far side where there appeared to be a gap just big enough to squeeze through.

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...verflow/1a.jpg

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...verflow/2a.jpg

Once through, I was now stood in a 2.1M RCP, 1ft deep in water

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...verflow/3a.jpg

I must have only walked 200 yards and there was a small inspection chamber ahead, infact there were 3 of these along the way

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...verflow/4a.jpg

At the other side, the RCP shrunk to 5ft which now meant stooping, as it turned out it was the same all the way to the Infall...

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...verflow/5a.jpg

After stooping for easily half a mile as the pipe changed direction a few times I could eventually see daylight

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...verflow/6a.jpg

I was a bit miffed after all the effort to get in, infact I was at least expecting a CSO chamber or processing room but nish.

As I turned the corner I could see the grilled Infall, and there was deffo no way out here

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...verflow/7a.jpg

As I looked out I could see a sluice gate, what looked like a flood plain and a 1M overflow on the opposite side

http://i770.photobucket.com/albums/x...verflow/8a.jpg

I managed to get a GPS fix on the iphone, which looking at google earth appeared to be in the middle of nowhere, and was infact a flood plain.

The two overflows both drained into nearby rivers.

Disappointed YES, but at least I finally got to find out what the overflow actually was, and in the end killed a couple of hours.

Gibbo 02-05-2011 22:02

Wow you've been busy!


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