Theresa Villiers, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has visited Whaley Bridge to meet with emergency support teams who are working to ensure that the Toddbrook Reservoir wall isn’t breached.
The reservoir, which opened in 1838, risks being breached due to heavy rain and the surrounding town has been evacuated in case of flooding. RAF Chinook helicopters have been used to drop 400 sandbags on a section of the damaged reservoir wall and pumps have been used to remove water from the reservoir.
“My thoughts are with the people who have had to leave their homes. Having spoken today to some of those evacuated I know how difficult this situation is for them and I pay tribute to their patience and fortitude. It’s been wonderful to see the community support and spirit in Whaley Bridge.
I want to thank all emergency services, military personnel, Environment Agency and volunteers for their continued hard work. I am confident that everything that can be done is being done and I’ve seen a reassuring amount of progress today.”