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Scenes around the River Derwent in November 2009 after the devastating floods that hit West Cumbria caused widespread chaos and damage which 3 years later the impact is still being felt.
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Pictured where the River Derwent meets the sea at Workington. This is normally a fairly gentle slope but you can see how the power of the river as scoured away the banks as it thundered past leaving devastation in its wake.
The first bridge up river is the "dock bridge" which carries a private rail line from the port to the steelworks and was still used up until a few months ago. The wall on the right went right up to the bridge, the river can be seen flowing under the concrete support legs, the harbour is in the foreground. Several support legs have been lost.
The debris being washed down the river can be seen building up below the dock bridge

 The deck of the bridge and the rails are starting to twist as the supports below start to fail.

The cricket ground and the footbridge from the town to Northside in the far left.
The collapsed footbridge linking the town to Northside, known locally as Navvies Bridge.
The Lancashire police helicopter was drafted in to help
The Northside road bridge which collapsed with the tragic loss of a policeman. This is one of two bridges that link both sides of the town of Workington together. Northside can be seen across the river.
Calva Bridge a.k.a. Workington Bridge and Seaton Bridge. Looking down river, the town centre can be seen in the background, Seaton and Northside are to the right of the picture. This is the bridge expected to fall at any time.
..and this is the reason! a huge crack as appeared in one of the spans caused by subsidence of the supports due to the fast flowing water scouring the river  bed.
 A scene of the mill field which runs adjacent to the river,( the river is behind) normally a very pleasant walk in summer but debris and damage to  the  track and footpaths is widespread.

Sky Tv and ITV wait near the bridge..cameras ready!

The BBC have the aerial angle covered
The Calva Bridge roadway looking close yet so far!...note the lamp post angle in the centre of the bridge.
The Army move in!

Surveying the new footbridge position.

Preparing the access road, Calva Bridge can be see in the distance.

The site of the new footbridge taken on November 26th.

Six days later the Army is hard at it installing the bridge foundations.
Meanwhile this dramatic view taken from Northside the day after Navvies foot bridge collapsed shows the strength of the river, this bridge was the shortest route from one side of the town to the other and what the Army is replacing a quarter mile upstream.
Workington North, the new railway station built in a week! Its an amazing place, it feels rock solid, all wired up with lights and a waiting room. The shuttle train runs from Workington Main to Maryport every hour to supplement the regular service and its free!

A shuttle train draws into the station.

14 days after the flood the Army engineers prepare the new bridge to cross the river.
The Foden truck gets into position to push the bridge

The angled end will be removed once the river is spanned.


The MOD photographer!

The 3rd Armoured Royal Engineers raise their flag.
The Mill field is now a cobble field in places!

One of the many holes that have appeared, the new bridge can be seen in the far distance.


What remains of the fish counter station.


Just 100 yards away on the other side of the yearl.


One day to go before the scheduled opening and the river is spanned, the council workers meanwhile sort out the approaches.

The Royal Engineers start to pack up their gear.
Some 5 weeks after the floods the worlds third largest backhoe dredger "Manu Pekka" has been drafted in to help clear the incredible 8 feet of silt that's washed down the river Derwent blocking the Port of Workington entrance channel.
.....and this is the scene a mile up river at  Camerton churchyard, a stones throw from the Derwent the water has wrecked the cemetery.
The remains of the access road bridge to the church.
The river across from the church has spilt into two, the original course is on the left and the new course on the right.
Another look at Workington Bridge taken on June 6th 2010 shortly before work begins to repair it. Engineers are unsure at this time whether the bridge will collapse or not once work commences. The dip in the roadway can be seen quite clearly on the right.
Below the bridge the reason for the dip becomes clear!
February 25th 2011 and the bridge repairs are almost complete as the workmen begin tarring the new surface.
The Army are back and work to take away the temporary footbridge across the Derwent begins as pedestrian access to Calva Bridge is reopened once more (this photo was taken from it)

Great work by the engineers repaired the Calva Bridge and is now reopened to traffic, however the dock bridge which carried the direct rail connection to the steelworks was considered beyond repair and preparity work to demolish it started in May 2011

A few days later on June 7th demolishing begins

Within minutes its the beginning of the end.

....and this is what it was built for!   A dock loco trundles over the 1926 built bridge to collect a load of rails awaiting on the south side of the river from the steelworks rolling mill.
August 2011 and the new Navvies bridge is lowered into place over the Derwent
Almost 3 years later and Princess Anne officially opens the new Northside bridge on October 22nd 2012 and completes the final piece of the jigsaw to reinstate the towns roads.