By Andrew R.C. Marshall and Phil Noble
WHALEY BRIDGE, England, Aug 1 (Reuters) – An entire English town was evacuated on Thursday after torrents of water cascaded from a damaged dam and a catastrophic failure was feared.
The residents of the town, population about 6,000, were told to leave and take with them pets and medication.
Police said the wall of the reservoir had been damaged. “The incident currently poses a significant threat to life,” Derbyshire police said.
Britain’s Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning for the area, saying water levels in the River Goyt, which runs through the town, could rise rapidly.
The evacuation comes after heavy rain this week in northern England caused flash floods, road closures and bridge collapses. Britain’s Met Office reported Wednesday downpours of 2 inches of rain in just one hour.
(Reporting Andrew Marshall and Phil Noble; writing by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)