Message of thanks from residents of Whaley Bridge
UK

Military Praised For Efforts To Protect Whaley Bridge Residents

The RAF worked through the night on Sunday into Monday to shore up the damaged wall of the Toddbrook Reservoir.

Message of thanks from residents of Whaley Bridge

Messages of thanks from residents of Whaley Bridge (Pictures: Becky Nicole, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue & Art Is Mental).

The military has been praised for its efforts in helping to protect residents from rising waters in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire.

The RAF worked through the night on Sunday into Monday to shore up the damaged wall of the Toddbrook Reservoir after more than 40 soldiers from the Light Dragoons helped to block a critical reservoir sluice gate with sandbags.

The residents of crisis-hit Whaley Bridge have been taking to social media to pay tribute to the emergency crews who are working on the stricken dam.

The Catterick-based troops worked with Environment Agency engineers to help secure Whaley Bridge dam.

Troops also joined police officers visiting residents in nearby Marple.

More than 1,500 people have been evacuated from the town since Thursday following heavy rain.

Fire chiefs have said specialist engineers have monitored the dam wall 24 hours a day, with lasers and are reassured by their assessment with a seven-day estimate for how long people would be out of their homes a "worst-case scenario".

Troops from the Light Dragoons load up sandbags as part of their efforts to help shore up Whaley Bridge Dam (Picture: MOD).
Troops from The Light Dragoons load up sandbags at Whaley Bridge Dam (Picture: MOD).

On Monday, Derbyshire's police and crime commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, acknowledged that locals had faced a "big disruption" as the around-the-clock operation to return to normal as quickly as possible continued but he stressed the number one priority remained "threat to life".