English town evacuated after reservoir dam damaged

Footage posted on social media showed water gushing from the Toddbrook Reservoir which sits above Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, central England.
Footage posted on social media showed water gushing from the Toddbrook Reservoir which sits above Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, central England.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM DANIEL YATES OFFICIAL/YOUTUBE

STOCKPORT, ENGLAND (REUTERS) - An English town was being evacuated on Thursday (Aug 1) after the wall of a nearby reservoir was damaged with officials warning that subsequent flooding posed a risk to life.

Footage posted on social media showed water gushing from the Toddbrook Reservoir which sits above Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, central England.

"Whaley Bridge is being evacuated due to the ongoing situation at Toddbrook Reservoir," Derbyshire Police said. Footage posted on social media shows the wall of the reservoir damaged by the overflowing water.

"Residents are asked to make alternative arrangements to stay with friends and family, ensure that any pets are taken with them and that all medication that may be needed for a number of days is taken with them."

Britain's Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning for the area, saying river levels in the River Goyt which runs through the town could rise rapidly.

It comes after heavy rain in the last couple of days led to flooding in areas across northern England.