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    UK Authorities Intensify Repair Works at 'Critically' Damaged Dam Amid New Storm Warnings

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    Over 1,000 people were evacuated from the town of Whaley Bridge in the UK Midlands on Thursday after heavy rains caused damage to the local Toddbrook Reservoir, stoking fears that the dam could collapse.

    Emergency services have ramped up rescue efforts in central England to prevent a dam that was damaged in heavy rain from collapsing near the town of Whaley Bridge in the district of Derbyshire. New pumps have been brought to the area to further reduce the water levels at the reservoir.

    The UK Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning as emergency services continue their work.

    Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has stated that the situation remains "critical" and called on evacuees not to return to their homes.

    ​Parts of the ​Toddbrook Reservoir crumbled on Thursday after a heavy downpour hit the area. Workers have been dispatched to the site to contain the collapse of the 300-million-gallon structure. 

    Following the damage, nearly 1,500 residents of the nearby town were evacuated for fears the dam could collapse and flood the area. They were allowed to return briefly on Friday evening to collect any vital items or pets.

    On Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the area, vowing a "major rebuild" of the reservoir, while admitting that the damage to the dam was "pretty scary".

    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with rescue crews and local residents during a visit to Chapel-en-le-Frith High School near the village of Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, England
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    Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with rescue crews and local residents during a visit to Chapel-en-le-Frith High School near the village of Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire, England

    The reservoir was built in 1840-41 and has had a history of leakage, according to the Environment Agency.

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