Villagers flee as reservoir wall crumbles
Villagers living near a reservoir in Derbyshire have been evacuated when the dam wall was severely damaged as heavy rain swept England.
After a huge hole appeared in the dam wall Derbyshire Police told Whaley Bridge residents to head to a local school amid fears that the wall could collapse completely.
The Environment Agency issued a severe flood alert, suggesting a danger to life, and warned that the river could “rise rapidly” due to water rushing in from the reservoir.
Anna Aspinall (36) from Whaley Bridge, said she and others wanted to help by placing sand bags in the area around the dam but were sent away after structural engineers advised “that the wall is at high risk of failing”. She said: “We have had significant rainfall over the past few days resulting in the overflow of the reservoir. We are praying (the dam wall) holds whilst the Canal and River Trust try to drain the water from the reservoir.”