Dam, that’s impressive! Heavy rains flood UK Ladybower Reservoir’s ‘plugholes’
Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire has become a photographers’ paradise after heavy rains made the dam struggle with a huge amount of excess water which is now ejecting via spillways known as “plugholes”.
The large Y-shaped reservoir is the lowest of three in the Upper Derwent Valley. It provides drinking water and hydroelectricity to the region, but one unique feature sets it apart from other dams.
The reservoir has a couple of bellmouth overflows – two 80-foot diameter drains which help to funnel surplus water into valves below. These are known locally as the “plugholes”, a reference to bathtub plugholes.
The plugholes are rarely engulfed by water and take flood-level conditions such as those seen in recent weeks to get things flowing again.
Plughole on Ladybower Reservoir - Dean LucasPosted by Derbyshire And Proud on Thursday, January 7, 2016
@willfrancis Hi. Found this photo taken by local photographer of Ladybower reservoir, Peak District. Happy 2016 2 u! pic.twitter.com/NZQxutEQ7S— lauren hogan (@_LaurenH_) January 8, 2016
Apologies for another plughole pic from yesterday! This is the east side one, Ladybower reservoir; Win Hill behind😊 pic.twitter.com/u8rU3AWixy— Chris Hall (@DCHDerby) January 7, 2016
A couple of contrasting shots from Ladybower reservoir in Derbyshire.. Winter /Summer. Heading up again tomorrow :) pic.twitter.com/p8DtqIYhGJ— Jan Moore (@nuttiecrunch) January 7, 2016