Town evacuated over dam collapse fears
AN entire town is being evacuated with fears a reservoir dam could collapse under the pressure of torrential rain.
A "danger to life" warning has been issued as more than 6000 people are evacuated from Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire in the UK.
Police have warned around 200 people living in one of the most at-risk areas of the town that they could face arrest if they don't leave.
The Environment Agency has said the dam holding back Toddbrook Reservoir above the town could burst at any moment, and desperate action is being taken to pump water away from the scene.
River levels in the River Goyt could "rise rapidly" if the dam bursts, swamping the town below.
Photographs appear to show parts of the Toddbrook Reservoir in Derbyshire broken apart, with fears huge panels could fall from the wall.
The Toddbrook Reservoir contains 1136 megalitres of water, which weighs 1.3 million tonnes.
Derbyshire Police issued a dire warning to locals today, saying: "Whaley Bridge is being evacuated due to the ongoing situation at Toddbrook Reservoir.
"If you are being evacuated then please start heading to Chapel High School, Long Lane, ChapelEnLeFrith, High Peak, where further direction will be given."
Matt Forrest has watched the chaos unfold in his home town.
The designer said: "We live about six feet up from the reservoir, so we have managed to dodge being evacuated but only just. The rest of the entire town has had to leave.
"I've never seen anything like it, it's the worst flooding in living memory in the village."
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission