Fifty five Whaley Bridge households able to return as water level continues to drop

Further updates are expected later today.

Residents in the 55 homes in the Horwich End area of Whaley Bridge that were evacuated on Saturday, 3 August, are now able to return to their properties.

Following the lowering of the water level in the dam to below nine metres those properties are not now in danger.

Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann, said: “Since Friday the Toddbrook Reservoir water level has been lowered well below that required for engineers to be able to access, and survey, the damage to the interior dam wall.

“As I have repeatedly stated over the past days, as soon as it safe for residents to return then we will make this happen.

“It is my very happy duty to announce that the residents of the 55 homes in the Horwich End area of Whaley Bridge will be able to return to their properties.

“While this is obviously good news for those residents there are many hundreds that are unable to return to the area.

“The dam wall still poses a significant risk to the properties that were evacuated on Thursday. Without a full assessment of the structure I am not able to be given the assurances I need to be able to say the threat to life has been eliminated.

“I am fully aware of the concerns that residents have and their wishes to get back to normality.

“You have my promise that as soon as it is safe - as we have shown today – we will get you home as quickly as possible.”

Residents returning to their homes will be able to do so by accessing via the B5470 Chapel Road and the B5470 Macclesfield Road. The A5004 - Buxton Road and Long Hill - remains closed.

Should residents have any issues with their water, gas or electricity then they can contact the main providers on the below numbers:

-        Electricity North West

Tel: 105



-        Cadent Gas

Tel: 0800 111 999



-        United Utilities

Tel: 0345 672 3723


Residents that have returned to their homes should remain aware of the danger posed by the dam and, should there be a failure, emergency service vehicles will sound their horns three times and a loud hailer will also sound.  

The helpline number for evacuated residents remains open and this is 01629 533190. This number is open between 9am and 10pm.

There is also an e-mail address for anyone wishing to donate items or services, this is emergency.planning@derbyshire.gov.uk

Further information about the situation will be given as soon as it is available – and we ask local residents to follow the Derbyshire Constabulary Facebook (@derbyshireconstabulary) and Twitter (@DerbysPolice) pages and website: https://www.derbyshire.police.uk/

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