A reservoir at risk of collapsing in a Peak District market town is still in critical condition and poses a ‘substantial threat to life’ should its walls fail, more than 24 hours after it began to crumble. Engineers and emergency workers are scrambling to save the Toddbrook Reservoir in Derbyshire to prevent millions of tonnes of water from pouring through and laying waste to an entire town. Residents will be allowed to go back to their homes in Whaley Bridge briefly to collect their pets and belongings, but it will be one person per household and they will go ‘at their own risk’, said Kem Mehmet, assistant chief constable at Derbyshire Constabulary. He said residents would be escorted to their homes in a ‘controlled’ fashion and urged people not to go near the village without help from the police. Mr Mehmet added that the water level at the dam had been dropped by half a metre, and further pumps are being brought in to lower it further. Earlier today, a Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter hovered over the reservoir and dropped dozens of sandbags to seal its damaged wall. Officials told of a ’50/50 chance’ the dam would collapse after… Read full this story
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