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Report - Warrington storm bunker. September 2013.

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Telf, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. Telf

    Telf 28DL Regular User
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    The storm bunker had been on my to do list for a while as it's in my hometown, And after a fail in march due to high level water at the outlet we got round to trying again with success :D

    Visited with MSP and his 9 year old son Ellis.

    Anyone thinking of visiting remember access at the outlet is now very tricky, this very nearly cost us another fail but as I knew where the drain runs we were in :cool

    Built in the 1980s for the eventuality of a 1 in 30 year storm, the bunker is a 7 mile long concrete monster of a system.

    The bunker is a storm drain located in the Southern area of Warrington, taking overflow water from various rivers and carrying it underground to the outfall at the Manchester Ship Canal. Built in the 80's the system spans a length of around 7 miles to the end and back. It incorporates various inspection chambers (some 3 storeys tall), a huge junction chamber, and massive steps which create a loud whooshing noise down. Also there is an impressive swirl chamber towards the start of the drain with a large downfall pipe, to slow the energy of the incoming water and drop it to the drain below. There is also a sewer pipe running next to the drain.

    On with the pics:


    MSP and Ellis in the outlet.
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    This is taken using my homemade deathray lamp.. it's about 6ft from the inspection walkway to the top of the pipe.
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    The same shot as above using my small torch.
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    We wasn't alone! joking apart we did hear voices but I think whoever it was heard us s**t themselves and scarpered.
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    Ellis
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    Young Ellis in the rael chamber.
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    The water flow wasn't that bad on our visit, I'd like to go again when we've got torrential rain it would be amazing to see but bloody dangerous :eek:
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    And finally my favourite shot! We didn't get to the end unfortunately, time wasn't on our side that day.
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    Thanks for looking Telf..
     

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