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Report - Maneater Drain, Stoke 22/08/07

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by LittleMike, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. LittleMike

    LittleMike Do. Find. Drains.
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    Jul 22, 2007
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    Ok, well not really a drain, but a pipe that takes the water from this drain 1km under a hill. Strangely the pipe is only 6ft in diameter while the source drain is 10ft. Again as usual with my reports it seems there's not actually too much to see inside sorry :crazy

    Wasn't going to bother writing this up but I learnt some valuable lessons. I came here a couple of days ago with the intention of just checking to see if access would be possible at all for another visit. Turns out it's actually quite easy to slip through a slightly hidden gap in the side of the bars. It had been raining earlier that day, but it was only extremely light rain, barely even spitting, and it was ~3 hours ago. I had my kit with me so I decided to have a quick look inside.

    Well just 15 meters in there is a small room where I assume tunnel boring equipment was lowered in. I couldn't see/hear anything interesting far down the pipe so I just chilled out in this room for maybe 20-30 mins before heading out. Damn, as soon as I stepped into the water I noticed the flow had increased a LOT. I couldn't stand in the middle at all, it was too deep/fast for my wellies. Got back to the infall to find the water at the entrance had gone from being 6" deep to about 2'. I just managed to avoid getting soaked by swinging on the bars above the water.

    Pretty shaken up I was then in a bit of a rush to get into my shoes and back to the car so I went and smashed my head open on some wire sticking out from the bank.

    Valuable lessons learnt:
    1 - Even a tiny bit of rain/drizzle can have a massive effect on flow, I know the drain upstream is big so I should have had more sense.
    2 - There can be a massive delay between it raining and the water filtering through the system. Again, I should have thought of this. I know it's a completely different ballgame with systems that have storage etc, but I had no idea there could be such a delay in a regular drain. Stupid.
    3 - Watch where you're going :wanker

    My personal motto has now gone from "when it rains no drains" to "if it's rained at all recently don't even *&^% look at it"

    Soooo anyhow. I revisited this today to conquer my nemesis. Was pretty nervous even though it was blue skies everywhere, something about entering through an infall instead of an outfall makes it feel so much more claustrophobic. Pics suck as always, Hopefully Mr S6500 is on his way soon :)

    The infall grate is pretty new but completely battered from stuff hitting it. The pipe seems to be completely inadequate given the size of the drain that feeds it. When I first found the drain the grate was almost completely covered with debris, thankfully somebody cleared it for me :)

    Just inside the first chamber

    Pretty terrible photo sorry, but the condensation on the roof was really pretty. The acoustics were also really cool, low humming would cause it to sound like the whole pipe was vibrating for a good 15-20 seconds after stopping.

    After much walking down a long boring pipe there's another chamber. I suppose it's nothing compared to the likes of the Motherload etc. but I haven't seen anything like it till now. The pipe is about 60 feet down at this point. Bear with me, new camera can't come soon enough :thumb

    Didn't get any photos from the top, there was this rather large bit of wood lodged in the ladder that didn't want to shift and I wasn't in the mood for squeezing round. Evidence that this chamber has at some point filled to the top? Scary :eek:

    It looks like the force of stuff going round the corner at the bottom of the chamber was enough to smash the concrete...

    There was another chamber of similar size to this a bit further down the pipe but there was a lot of water dripping down so I didn't want to get soaked getting yet more poor photos.
    Just meters from the outfall the pipe suddenly fills up half way so I had to head back. Typical :mad:

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