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Whaley Bridge: Residents briefly allowed home as repairs continue

Evacuated residents have been allowed briefly back to their homes as emergency services continue efforts to prevent a damaged dam collapsing ahead of more bad weather. Water levels at the Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, have been reduced by half a metre since Thursday but the damage to the 180-year-old structure remains at a "critical level". On Saturday, residents were allowed into their homes for periods of about 15 minutes to collect essentials, but were warned they would be doing so at their own risk. The Government warned there was still a threat to life in the town ahead of more bad weather on Sunday, when a Met Office yellow weather warning is in place for much of northern England and the Midlands, including the area around the reservoir.

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