More than 1,000 people have worked day and night for the past seven days to stop a reservoir dam collapsing and destroying a village in the Peak District. These are some of the stories of those who helped save Whaley Bridge from near disaster. The vicarThe reservoir at the bottom of Father Jamie Mcleod’s driveway had never looked so full. On 31 July, the sight of the water cascading down the spillway was glorious, he thought. But the flow kept getting heavier.Early the next day, when the “bouncing” torrent turned yellow and water started to appear through the ground beside Toddbrook Reservoir, the vicar started to fret. “I thought ‘that’s strange, I’ve never seen that before’,” he recalls some six days later, sitting in a comfy armchair at his home, Whaley Hall, a church retreat house since 1979.He went for a closer inspection and was horrified by what he saw – water coming through the concrete wall, not over it.When he raised the alarm, Father Mcleod appealed to the authorities for one course of action – evacuate the village. When the order was given at about 14:00 BST, the SOS message he rang in Morse code on the church bells… Read full this story
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