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Whaley Bridge dam collapse: Donington fire crew help emergency operation

A crew from Donington fire station was drafted in last night (Thursday) to help with the emergency situation at Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire.

Emergency crews are currently racing to save a damaged reservoir, and hundreds of residents have been evacuated amidst fears the town could flood.

Part of the dam wall collapsed yesterday afternoon.

Now water is being pumped out of the 300-million-gallon Toddbrook Reservoir and an RAF helicopter is dropping 400 tonnes of aggregate around it.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said that the Donington crew left the county at about 7pm last night and got to Whaley Bridge at around 9pm.

They team then used a High Volume Pump (HVP) overnight to help other fire services and partners pump water.

They came off duty at 8.30am and are expected to be back at the scene from 8pm today. It is planned they will be there until Monday.


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