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Huge floating island of waste gathers in Salford Quays

Huge floating island of garbage gathers in Salford Quays after 86 mph wind of Storm Ciara blows bottles, twigs and tires into the city’s rivers

  • Salford Quays is overlooked by Media City from ITV and BBC studios
  • Mostly, picturesque water is currently filled with a floating island of waste
  • Debris and broken twigs and trees filter the quay from different rivers
  • Salford City Council hopes to remove the thorn in the eye as quickly as possible

The usually picturesque quay of Salford has been destroyed by a huge floating island of garbage that originated in the aftermath of Storm Ciara.

High winds have hit a large part of the country in the last two days and Greater Manchester was one of the worst hit regions.

Wind gusts of up to 86 mph were recorded on Sunday at Manchester Airport and the Roch and Irwell rivers burst into their banks.

Five waterways entered the quay and debris gathered quickly while the adverse weather swept debris directly into local rivers and canals.

Salford City Council says it “strives to clean it up as quickly as possible” and that its waste boat will remove the thorn in the eye.

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A huge floating island of waste was washed up in Salford Quays after Storm Ciara hit the region. Experts say that the disgusting accumulation was caused by heavy rainfall and five rivers and canals that run into the quays

A huge floating island of waste was washed up in Salford Quays after Storm Ciara hit the region. Experts say that the disgusting accumulation was caused by heavy rainfall and five rivers and canals that run into the quays

Salford City Council says it “strives to clean it up as quickly as possible” and will have its waste boat removed

Images on social media reveal that tires, toys, and bottles were among the masses of twigs and broken branches.

The rubble is located outside of Media City, the home of the ITV and BBC studios in the region.

It is not the first time the island has seen trash in Salford Quays and the authorities say it occurs when there is a storm, or strong winds and torrential rains.

The most recent monstrousness has formed in the basin near the Helly Hansen Watersports Center.

In 2019, empty bottles, fridges and branches were washed up and collected to form a mass of dirt in South Bay.

The rubble is located outside of Media City, the home of the ITV and BBC studios in the region. It is not the first time the island has seen trash in Salford Quays and the authorities say it occurs when there is a storm, or strong winds and torrential rains

The rubble is located outside of Media City, the home of the ITV and BBC studios in the region. It is not the first time the island has seen trash in Salford Quays and the authorities say it occurs when there is a storm, or strong winds and torrential rains

The rubble is located outside of Media City, the home of the ITV and BBC studios in the region. It is not the first time the island has seen trash in Salford Quays and the authorities say it occurs when there is a storm, or strong winds and torrential rains

The usually picturesque quay of Salford has been destroyed by a huge piece of waste that was created in the aftermath of Storm Ciara

The usually picturesque quay of Salford has been destroyed by a huge piece of waste that was created in the aftermath of Storm Ciara

The usually picturesque quay of Salford has been destroyed by a huge piece of waste that was created in the aftermath of Storm Ciara

In 2017, the waste was so bad that residents described it as a thorn and complained about a strong odor coming from the area.

After the incident in 2019, Chief Cllr David Lancaster, near Salford Council, said: “Unfortunately, this is an ongoing battle with Mother Nature.

‘Five local rivers run into the quays, so that natural and other debris that is collected in those rivers is washed away and accumulates in the quays.

‘Debris builds up very quickly after heavy rainfall.

“The ownership of the quays is divided over a number of parties, including the municipality and private companies.

“We constantly monitor the situation and work together with our partners to remove debris where necessary.”

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