Whaley Bridge: Boris Johnson visits amid fears of dam collapse

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PM tells residents that Toddbrook reservoir looks ‘dodgy but stable’

The prime minister has visited the Derbyshire town of Whaley Bridge, where at least a thousand residents were forced to flee their homes amid fears a dam could collapse, engulfing the community of 6,500 people.

Boris Johnson met a number of families affected by the evacuation. He told them he had flown over the dam twice and it was “dodgy but stable”, but police warned there was still “a substantial threat to life” if the dam wall fails.

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