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Derbyshire Town being evacuated due to collapsed wall in reservoir

Whaley Bridge is being evacuated due to the ongoing situation at Toddbrook Reservoir.  

Residents who have been at work, or away from the area, are strongly advised to stay away from the area following advice from the Environment Agency who have indicated that the incident currently poses a significant threat to life.

Any resident that is currently outside the cordon is asked to attend Chapel High School, Long Lane, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, SK23 0TQ, where further direction will be given.

A police spokesperson said: “There is a high probability that there will be significant flooding due to damage caused in recent severe weather.

“People are asked to make alternative arrangements to stay with friends and family. If anyone is not able to do so then they will be accommodated, however, there is limited capacity to do so.

“We understand that there will be some concern around not being able to return home, however, our priority is to ensure people are kept safe and well and are not taking unnecessary risks.

“This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we appreciate that there is significant impact on this community, however, this is an unprecedented, fast-moving, emergency situation.

“We will keep people regularly updated and we are working with our partners to resolve the issue as quickly as we can.”

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