SJ8092 : Sale Ees Sluice Gate, River Mersey

taken 11 years ago, near to Chorlton-Cum-Hardy, Manchester, Great Britain

Sale Ees Sluice Gate, River Mersey
Sale Ees Sluice Gate, River Mersey
Sale Water Park lies within the floodplain of the River Mersey and plays a significant part in local flood defence. For centuries the river has flooded the areas of Sale, Northenden and Didsbury after high rainfall. As development and increased population took over more land on the river's edges, the old flood banks and measures such as widening the river channel became less and less successful.

Nowadays the problem has been taken care of by new flood storage basins at Didsbury and Sale operated by the Water Authority. When the water level is too high, these sluice gates are opened up. This allows surplus water to flood open land at Sale Water Park where it can be stored until the floodwaters have passed. Thus helping to protect local properties, roads, canals and the Metrolink tramway etc from the risk of flooding. When the water levels fall, the flood water will drain back to the river downstream of the Bridgewater Canal.

At first, the sluice gate building was the victim of regular graffiti attacks which were both unsightly and costly to remove. The mural was painted by local schoolchildren after a competition to brighten up the building with designs which reflected the general improvements to the river (once the most polluted in Europe) and the importance of the sluice gate in protecting the local area from flooding.

Sale Water Park is one of a number of similar flood basins in the area. Chorlton Water Park on the north side of the Mersey about 1 mile upstream is another, along with areas within Didsbury and elsewhere. Monitoring the water level of the river and deciding when to open the sluice gates into the park is the responsibility of the Environment Agency.

LinkExternal link - Sale Community Web
See also SJ8092 : Sale Ees Flood Defence Sluice Gate.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 10 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 15 April, 2011
Waterworks > Sluice gate   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 809 927 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:25.8659N 2:17.2819W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 809 927
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