British town is at risk of being submerged by a collapsing dam
A damaged reservoir in northern England is threatening to collapse and submerge the town of Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, prompting authorities to evacuate hundreds of homes in an emergency operation.
The army, environmental agencies and firefighters from across the country are part of a task force battling to shore up the crumbling wall of Toddbrook reservoir — which suffered extensive damage during flooding this week, Derbyshire police said in a statement.
More than 6,000 people were evacuated from the town following the partial collapse of a dam wall, the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) said in a statement Thursday.
Whaley Bridge evacuated amid fears of dam collapse
Community could be levelled if Toddbrook Resevoir barrier bursts
Around 400 tonnes of aggregate brought in overnight to divert water
RAF helicopter called in to aid effort
Police say future of dam ‘remains in balance’
Thousands of residents in the Derbyshire town of Whaley Bridge have been evacuated amid fears a dam could collapse after it was damaged by floodwaters.Concrete panels on one side of the dam on the Toddbrook Resevoir, which holds back 300 million gallons of water, partially collapsed.
By 2.30pm on Thursday it was deemed too unsafe for people in the village below, who were ordered to “evacuate your property now”.
There are concerns the village could be levelled if the dam, which dates to 1838, gives way.
Derbyshire Police said 400 tonnes of aggregate will be brought in overnight to divert water from entering the reservoir, with a Chinook helicopter aiding a multi-agency taskforce.Derbyshire Police said 400 tonnes of aggregate will be brought in overnight to divert water from entering the reservoir, with a Chinook helicopter aiding a multi-agency taskforce.
Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann, chairwoman of the Local Resilience Forum, said: “To move the substantial amount of aggregate into place – a Chinook helicopter will be operating in the area in the coming hours to allow precise placement and divert the flow of the water.
“With all that said, at this time the future of the dam wall remains in the balance and I would remind people of the very real danger posed to them should the wall collapse.”