British Royal Air Force (RAF) helicopters lower bags of aggregate into the damaged part of a reservoir dam wall on the verge of collapse, as firefighters pump out water. The Toddbrook Reservoir dam is feared to be on the verge of caving in following heavy rain, threatening the lives and homes of residents in the central English town of Whaley Bridge who have been evacuated.
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A chinook helicopter was seen dropping off sand bags on Friday in a town in northwest England which was evacuated a day earlier over fears that a rain-damaged dam could collapse.
British police ordered the evacuation of the 6,500 residents of Whaley on Thursday. The Derbyshire Police force said residents of Whaley Bridge should leave their homes immediately because of the ‘significant threat to life.’
It said a dam wall at the 19th-century Toddbrook Reservoir above the town had been damaged by days of heavy rain.
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