Residents of a Derbyshire town have been evacuated and others are being urged to stay away after flooding “poses a significant threat to life.”
Police said there is a high probability of severe flooding in Whaley Bridge following damage to the wall of Toddbrook reservoir, connected to the River Goyt, by recent weather.
“This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we appreciate that there is significant impact on this community, however, this is an unprecedented, fast-moving, emergency situation.
People have been told to make alternative arrangements to stay with friends or family, taking any pets with them as well as “all medication that may be needed for a number of days.”
Regions across the country are said to be in “complete chaos” after sustained heavy downpours caused flash floods and substantial disruption.
Flood warnings and alerts remain in place in Cheshire, another of the worst affected areas, after a “major incident” was declared last night.
A car could was completely submerged and a sinkhole appeared in a resident’s garden after a bridge partially collapsed and caused a tree to fall.
Overnight Cheshire Fire and Rescue service dealt with a total of 42 flood-related incidents.
Local landscaper Adam Wainwright said the water “just ripped through the houses, through the front door and out the back.”
Drivers were urged by Cheshire Police not to “risk their lives" by driving through closed roads.
Northern Railway lines were also faced disruption between Manchester Airport and Wilmslow this morning.