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Sandbags are being dropped to shore up the dam

Emergency work is under way to repair the Toddbrook Reservoir dam in Derbyshire after it was damaged by heavy rain.

About 1,500 residents were evacuated from Whaley Bridge on Thursday evening amid fears they were in “mortal danger”.

Engineers pumped water out of the reservoir in an attempt to stop up to 300 million gallons of water bursting through the damaged dam.

An RAF Chinook is flying in repair materials to shore up the dam and dropping 400 tonnes of aggregate to stop more water getting in.


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Efforts are being made to release water from the reservoir while also shoring up the dam

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The operation has been under way all day

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The helicopter has been at the scene since 05:00 BST

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Police, the Environment Agency and the Canal and River Trust have all said there is a “real risk” the dam could collapse

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Part of the reservoir’s spillway broke away on Thursday

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Engineers feared Whaley Bridge could be swamped if the Toddbrook Reservoir burst

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Heavy rain caused damage to the dam

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Most residents were evacuated on Thursday

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Residents were asked to gather in the neighbouring town of Chapel-en-le-Frith

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The dam was built in 1831 and holds 300 million gallons of water

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Teams worked overnight to try to stop the dam from breaking

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Whaley Bridge town centre was said to be like a ghost town after residents and business people left

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The timescale for repairing the dam is not yet known

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