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Reservoir dam feared to be near collapse facing ‘critical’ moment

A damaged reservoir dam feared to be on the verge of collapse is facing a "critical" moment as the military and emergency services work to stop it bursting. Water flowing into Toddbrook Reservoir has been "reduced considerably" overnight but engineers remain "very concerned" about the integrity of the structure, which contains around 1.3 million tonnes of water. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the Derbyshire town of Whaley Bridge over fears it could burst and flood their homes. Julie Sharman, chief operating officer of the Canal and River Trust which runs the reservoir, said water levels had reduced by around 8in (200mm) overnight.

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