Protecting power supplies in Whaley Bridge
Published: 2 August 2019 - Carly Wills
Engineers at Electricity North West are working to protect power supplies during the ongoing emergency at Whaley Bridge.
As water is being pumped out of Toddbrook Reservoir, engineers are on site at electricity substations near the River Goyt in New Mills, Disley, Marple Bridge and as far as Stockport to assess the risk of flooding and ensure the safety of equipment in the area.
Special equipment that Electricity North West stores in ‘flood cubes’ at strategic locations throughout the North West are being delivered to sites in the area to help protect the substations.
Electricity North West operations director, Clive Wilkinson, said: “We’re working really closely with all other agencies through coordinated calls to continually assess the risk in this fast-moving situation.
“If flooding of substations is looking likely then power will be have to be removed for safety reasons. We will continue to keep everyone informed of the situation as part of this coordinated multi-agency response.”