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By Nick Smith and Samantha Fisher

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  1. Our live coverage has ended for the day

    That's all for today's live posts from Whaley Bridge, but we will keep you updated with any breaking news throughout the night.

    We will return with more news on the rescue efforts in the area from 06:00 on Tuesday.

  2. Whaley Bridge resident tried to return home

    Press Association

    One Whaley Bridge resident said she tried to return to her home after being evacuated but was not allowed back in, because if the dam did go, she would be "completely trapped".

    Nelly Hill, an 18-year-old student, said: "I had to leave on Friday and I wasn't allowed back in yesterday morning when I wanted to go home.

    "My house is not in the danger zone so I'm not in any immediate trouble, but I'm still having to stay with family in nearby Chinley."

    Whaley Bridge

    Miss Hill added: "It had been suggested to us that we should probably leave, mainly because if the dam did go then we would be completely trapped.

    "Yesterday we parked between Chapel(-en-le-Frith) and Whaley and walked up over the fields that back on to my house so that I could get some clean clothes and supplies without being refused entry.

    "It's been a pretty stressful week."

  3. Further inspections tomorrow, MP says

    Press Association

    Addressing the same meeting, Labour MP for High Peak Ruth George said it was hoped inspections would be able to take place on Tuesday as water continued to be drained from the reservoir.

    She said: "I think they have dropped it about four metres now, which is really good to see, but they want it to go down another four metres.

    "They are aiming, if all goes well and if we don't get any rain, that some time tomorrow afternoon or evening that they might get to that level that they can inspect and then a decision will be made."

    Ruth George with Jeremy Corbyn
  4. Commissioner 'understands' disruption to residents

    Press Association

    Derbyshire's police and crime commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, acknowledged locals had faced a "big disruption" in being evacuated from their homes.

    Speaking to up to 100 people packed into the Taxal and Fernilee Primary School earlier, he said: "It's a big disruption for you all and I understand that, the emergency authorities understand that and we want to get back to normality as quickly as possible, but please bear with us because the number one priority is life and threat to life.

    "We want to make sure we protect the properties of everybody.

    "There is a minority number of people not wanting to leave their properties and they are taking their lives into their own hands."

    Jeremy Corbyn with Hardyal Dhindsa
  5. 'These guys are good, they’ve got this'

    Keith Doyle

    BBC reporter

    The quiet rural field at the edge of the Toddbrook Reservoir is now at the centre of a massive engineering operation.

    In it 10 high-volume pumps are in a line along a hastily constructed road. Fire crews move through them filling the diesel tanks to keep them running constantly.

    In the water there are another 12 pumps submerged. Every so often, as the water levels drop, they have to be turned off and moved back into the water.

    Whaley Bridge

    Locals have moved cars and livestock and allowed the emergency services to break down walls and fences to get access.

    They say any inconvenience they are experiencing is nothing compared to what the evacuated residents from the other side of the dam are going through. In the meantime, they are supplying food and drinks to workers and the media who are reporting every part of this huge operation, from the safe side of the reservoir.

    While this emergency is not over, there is a feeling among the emergency services and the locals that have come to watch the operation that the critical dangerous stage has passed.

    One local said to me: "These guys are good, they’ve got this!"

    Whaley Bridge
  6. Whaley Bridge road closure maps published

    Samantha Fisher

    BBC News Online

    Two maps have been released outlining the road closures in place around the Whaley Bridge area, and a diversion map for lorries.

    James Biddlestone, from Derbyshire County Council, said: “We acknowledge that the extent of the diversion is large and complex and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause local residents and businesses, and those from further afield."

    Whaley Bridge map

    He added: "Due to the scale of the diversion, we have not been able to resource ensuring it is a signed route.

    "As such, we would ask members of the public to rely on their local knowledge of the area to navigate."

    Whaley Bridge map
  7. Drone footage shows new road

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Drone footage from Derbyshire Police has shown repair work as it continues.

    A new ad-hoc road and bridge have been built to provide access to the reservoir.

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    Video caption: Drone footage shows Whaley Bridge's new road
  8. Former MP reflects on previous summer

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    What a difference a year makes - last August Toddbrook Reservoir was nearly empty, as these pictures from former MP Edwina Currie, who lives in Whaley Bridge, show.

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  9. Couple evacuated days before wedding

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Carly Lomas and Dan Turner were evacuated on Thursday but managed to collect all the items they needed for their big day before leaving.

    "It was the most frantic 15 minutes of my life," said Mr Turner.

    He said in that time, he rescued their pets along with all their outfits and decorations they need for the wedding on Saturday.

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    Video caption: Whaley Bridge: Couple evacuated days before wedding
  10. Resident gives 'heartfelt thanks' to workers

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    We've had this message from Simon Cheadle, who is very grateful for all the work that is being done by the emergency services and rescue teams.

    He's currently staying with family in Stockport.

  11. 'We just love to help' says Thai restaurant

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    There have been even more donations of hot food to emergency crews within the reservoir cordon.

    Anonglak Somsrimee who runs the Simply Thai restaurant in Buxton, Derbyshire, said in Thailand it is a tradition to take food to those helping during an emergency.

    Simply Thai take food to the Buxton Mountain Rescue Team

    "We just love to help," she said. "In Thailand it is normal for us to go and give them food.

    "It's to show we appreciate what they have done for us."

    She said the Buxton Mountain Rescue Team were particularly close to their heart as they had sent equipment to be used in the rescue of 12 boys from a Thai cave last year.

  12. Reservoir levels down to 46%

    Amy Woodfield

    BBC News

    Latest figures from the Canal and River Trust have shown the Toddbrook Reservoir is now at 46% of its holding capacity, with the water level down by 5.7 metres (19ft).

    Toddbrook Reservoir

    The trust said there are sufficient pumps on site to help mitigate against forecast rainfall this afternoon and tomorrow.

  13. 'Business as usual' for Whaley Bridge accountants

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    A Whaley Bridge accountancy firm has set up shop at its sister company's office after a mad dash to collect equipment.

    Staff at Chronicle Accountants are working from MTD's office in nearby Poynton after staff ran in to collect computers when police allowed people into the evacuated zone to grab essentials.

    MTD's managing director, Glenn Leathley, said: "We had 15 minutes to get in, get our stuff and get out.

    "We managed to pick up some computers and we've got four people who usually work in Whaley Bridge squeezed into our Poynton office.

    "It's business as usual, as much as it can be.

    "All of our records and books are still in Whaley Bridge, but we're doing OK."

    MTD office
  14. Charity keeps emergency crews fed

    Sandish Shoker

    BBC News

    Volunteers from the Rapid Relief Team charity have been taking food and drinks to firefighters, police officers and military personnel.

    Many have worked extra hours to pump water out of the Toddbrook Reservoir, take in sandbags and keep watch at the evacuation zone.

    Bruno Beech, Manchester team leader, said they have delivered more than 2,500 meals and will be on site "for as long as we are needed".

    RRT take food to firefighters
    RRT taking food to firefighters
  15. Pictures show draining progress

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Before and after...

    Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service has shared photos comparing the water level of the Toddbrook Reservoir on Friday morning and now.

    The reservoir is 48% full but needs to drop to 25% before the 1,500 people evacuated are allowed home.

    Toddbrook Reservoir
  16. Corbyn calls for Whaley Bridge inquiry

    Samantha Fisher

    BBC News Online

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said there "has to be an inquiry" into the response to the damaged dam in Whaley Bridge.

    He said: "An inquiry to make sure all the co-ordination worked effectively and everything I have seen shows it did, but there are always lessons to be learned."

    Jeremy Corbyn in Whaley Bridge

    During his visit to the town, he also praised the "incredible spirit" of the community.

    Mr Corbyn said there had been an "incredible response" by the community and volunteers. He also praised the co-ordination between agencies and emergency services.

    He added: "Hopefully people will be able to return to their homes but of course there has to be then the question of long-term repair to the dam and the safety of it in the future."

    Jeremy Corbyn with local MP Ruth George
  17. Government considers national dam review option

    Jennifer Harby

    BBC News

    The government says it is considering the option of a national review to investigate the structural safety of dams across the country, in light of the failure at Whaley Bridge.

    Defra - the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - said the option of a review was "something to be considered" but their focus was currently concentrated on the Derbyshire town.

    A spokesman said the government would be "following the advice of expert engineers on the best way forwards".

    The draining of the dam

    There are about 2,000 dams in England and Wales and about 800 in Scotland, which are regularly inspected.

  18. Corbyn: 'We'll learn lessons' from dam collapse

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been speaking to Whaley Bridge residents at a meeting this morning.

    Following the meeting at Taxal and Fernilee Primary School, he told BBC Radio Manchester: "I've come here to listen and to support all the residents, the volunteers and all the emergency services. They’ve been amazing.

    "We'll learn the lessons from it, look at the issues and take it from there."

    High Peak MP Ruth George added she has written to prime minister Boris Johnson asking him to ensure the dam will be rebuilt.

    Residents meeting
  19. Twenty water rescue teams on standby

    Nick Smith

    BBC News Online

    Twenty water rescue teams are on standby in case the Toddbrook Reservoir dam is breached.

    John Falkenbridge, from Watersafe UK - who are organising the teams - said: "We have got a plan formulated and the addresses are already known for those who have remained."

    Whaley Bridge