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British military called in to stop dam collapse

A Chinook helicopter drops sand bags on top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 2. A British military helicopter dropped sacks of ballast on Friday onto the outer slope of a reservoir dam in a bid to prevent it collapsing and flooding the town below.    


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A Chinook helicopter drops sand bags on top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 2. A British military helicopter dropped sacks of ballast on Friday onto the outer slope of a reservoir dam in a bid to...more

A Chinook helicopter drops sand bags on top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 2. A British military helicopter dropped sacks of ballast on Friday onto the outer slope of a reservoir dam in a bid to prevent it collapsing and flooding the town below. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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Workers form a human chain to move sand bags above the damaged section of a dam, after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 1. Police were evacuating more than 6,000 residents of Whaley Bridge, in central England, telling them to take pets and any medication they needed with them after the dam was badly damaged during heavy rains.    REUTERS/Phil Noble

Workers form a human chain to move sand bags above the damaged section of a dam, after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 1. Police were evacuating more than 6,000 residents of Whaley Bridge, in central England,...more

Workers form a human chain to move sand bags above the damaged section of a dam, after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 1. Police were evacuating more than 6,000 residents of Whaley Bridge, in central England, telling them to take pets and any medication they needed with them after the dam was badly damaged during heavy rains. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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A Chinook helicopter drops sand bags on top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 2. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A Chinook helicopter drops sand bags on top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 2. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A Chinook helicopter drops sand bags on top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 2. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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Water flows from a bridge wall in Whaley Bridge, July 31.  Claire Mycock/ via REUTERS

Water flows from a bridge wall in Whaley Bridge, July 31. Claire Mycock/ via REUTERS

Water flows from a bridge wall in Whaley Bridge, July 31. Claire Mycock/ via REUTERS
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A Chinook helicopter drops sand bags on top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 2. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A Chinook helicopter drops sand bags on top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 2. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A Chinook helicopter drops sand bags on top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 2. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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Workers observe the damaged section of the dam in Whaley Bridge, August 2. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Workers observe the damaged section of the dam in Whaley Bridge, August 2. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Workers observe the damaged section of the dam in Whaley Bridge, August 2. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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A damaged dam is seen after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 1. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A damaged dam is seen after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 1. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A damaged dam is seen after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 1. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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A Chinook helicopter drops sand bags on top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 2. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A Chinook helicopter drops sand bags on top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 2. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A Chinook helicopter drops sand bags on top of the dam after a nearby reservoir was damaged by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 2. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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Workers form a human chain to move sand bags above the damaged section of a dam, after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 1. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Workers form a human chain to move sand bags above the damaged section of a dam, after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 1. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Workers form a human chain to move sand bags above the damaged section of a dam, after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 1. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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A damaged dam is seen after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 1. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A damaged dam is seen after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 1. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A damaged dam is seen after a nearby reservoir was affected by flooding, in Whaley Bridge, August 1. REUTERS/Phil Noble
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