Toddbrook Reservoir is on the verge of collapse and faces a ‘critical’ moment before it destroys the town of Whaley Bridge.
The RAF has been working with emergency services to slow down the amount of water flowing into the reservoir, but engineers are still ‘very concerned’ about the structure’s integrity.
If it bursts it would release 1.3 million tonnes of water onto the Derbyshire town and many other villages along the River Goyt.
People have been urged to leave the area immediately as there is an imminent risk to life. Julie Sharman, chief operating officer of the Canal and River Trust which runs the reservoir, said water levels had reduced by around 8in (200mm) overnight.
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