Police have issued evacuation orders for the town of Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire on Thursday, August 1, after parts of the Toddbrook Reservoir dam were damaged by flooding. Officials fear that the dam could collapse and have ordered the town's 6500 residents to evacuate immediately. Several houses and buildings have been damaged by flooding across Derbyshire and Leicestershire counties over the previous day, and officials have closed many roads due to flooding, including a section of the A6 road between Buxton and Bakewell.
Towns in the area remain at risk for flooding, and sporadic rainfall is forecast for the coming days. Significant transportation disruptions are expected across northern England.
Individuals in the area are advised to monitor local weather reports, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities (e.g. evacuation orders), and confirm road conditions and rail operations before setting out. It is important to note that walking or driving through floodwaters can be dangerous; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.
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