RAF Chinook assists Derbyshire Police in race against time to shore up Toddbrook reservoir dam SUBSCRIBE: https://youtu.be/xsXMP6qQv-w : An RAF Chinook and around 150 firefighters using high-volume pumps appear to have partly stabilised the reservoir’s spillway, with further pumps brought in by officials on Friday.
But this morning, the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for much of northern England and the Midlands on Sunday, which includes the area around the reservoir.
It warns there could be damage and disruption from floodwater and lightning strikes and cops have said there is still a substantial threat to life should the dam wall fail.
Evacuated residents spent another night away from their homes on Friday and police warned it could be several days before they are allowed to return.
Thousands of residents have spent a second night away from their homes as police warn the dam is still at a “critical level” and there is a “substantial threat to life” should the dam wall collapse.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has vowed to re-house families evacuated amid fears the damaged reservoir dam could collapse and flood the town.
He promised the reservoir would have a “major rebuild” as he met locals at nearby Chapel-en-le-Frith High School, which is being used as an evacuation centre.
Describing the damage to the dam as “pretty scary”, he said: “The plan is to try and stop the dam breaking, clearly. And so a huge amount of effort is going into that.”
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