A town in Derbyshire has been evacuated after flooding caused significant damage to a nearby dam. Residents of Whaley Bridge, situated close to Toddbrook Reservoir, were told to leave their homes and head to a local school amid fears the dam wall could collapse entirely, after images showed a huge hole. Police called the situation “an unprecedented, fast-moving, emergency situation”.
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Cheshire, Derbyshire and Greater Manchester saw intense rainfall on Thursday causing severe flooding and disruption. A major incident was declared late on Wednesday in Poynton, Cheshire, due to “severe flooding” and local groundwork, with landscaper Adam Wainwright describing the aftermath as “complete chaos”. Firefighters, emergency services personnel and staff from Highways England were helping those affected, with a rest centre established at Poynton Civic Hall.
Flooding due to sustained rain disrupted all lines on the railway between Manchester Airport and Wilmslow early on Thursday, according to train operator Northern.
The Environment Agency issued a series of flood warnings covering central, north-west and north-east England and urged people to stay away from swollen rivers and to avoid driving through flood water. 19mm of rain fell in the North West in eight hours on Wednesday following heavy rain in the region on Sunday and Monday, the Met Office said.
Army called in after flash floods wash away bridges and swamp homes (The Independent)
A former shelf-stacker who became Britain’s youngest ever Lotto winner in 2003 has said rules should be changed to stop anyone under 18 from taking part. Callie Rogers was just 16 when she scooped nearly £1.9 million but she says she has now described the win as a “curse”. Now 32, the single mum-of-three has blown her fortune and backed Government proposals to raise the National Lottery age limit from 16 to 18. Do you agree? Read the full story (Yahoo News UK) and have your say below:
Mum killed two daughters who ruined her sex life
A mum has been convicted of murdering her two young daughters after they "got in the way" of her sex life. Louise Porton had denied killing three-year-old Lexi Draper and 17-month-old Scarlett Vaughan, but was found guilty after a five-week trial. Jurors heard Porton had accepted 41 friend requests on a dating app just a day after Lexi died, and was described as being "calm and emotionless" following Scarlett's death. She also ‘‘took topless photos’’ while Lexi was ill in hospital shortly before she died. Read the full story here (Evening Standard)
Teenager ‘jumped’ from plane to her death
A Cambridge University student who died in Madagascar fought with her friend before jumping from a plane, authorities have claimed. Alana Cutland, 19, died earlier this month off the east coast of Africa. Local police have said Alana fought with a friend for 5 minutes before unlocking the door and falling to her death. UK authorities have not confirmed the cause of her death, while other reports say she may have suffered a reaction to anti-malaria medication. Read the full story here (Yahoo News UK)
Juno the peeved-looking puss may look like he’s always fuming, but he isn't actually angry at all. Due to his unusual mix of breeds, the cat appears to have got more and more annoyed thanks to his facial features. The furious feline's fans are so dedicated, that Juno now even has his own merchandise, with fans spread out over Europe, Australia and America.
That’s the astonishing number of teeth a young boy in India has had removed from his mouth. The seven-year-old had complained to his parents since the age of three that he had a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw. Once it had been removed, medical staff cut it open and found hundreds of teeth of varying sizes inside. Read the full story here (HuffPost)