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New "waterfall" follows torrential rain in Wessenden valley, above Marsden

Engineers open overflow sluice gates to ease levels on moorland reservoirs

The weekend downpour created a stunning “waterfall” at Marsden .

Yorkshire Water engineers opened up a reservoir sluice gate in the Wessenden valley to ease pressure on the local reservoirs.

And it meant a huge amount of water was sent gushing down the moorland to the River Colne far below.

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The sight was captured by walker Mark Schofield, who regularly climbs up the valley to the four reservoirs - Wessenden Head, Wessenden, Blakeley and Butterley.

The levels of each have been reduced over the past three years to allow for maintenance work.

Mark Schofield The waterfall flowing out of the Wessenden valley reservoirs
The waterfall flowing out of the Wessenden valley reservoirs

“It’s been a long time since I saw that sluice in action”, said Mark, of Linthwaite. “It certainly made an impressive sight through all the vegetation”.

Mark also captured the video below of water running through Crimble near Slaithwaite.



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