20 people have refused to leave extended evacuation zone despite repeated warnings An elderly married couple among the Whaley Bridge residents criticised by police for refusing to leave their homes which are at risk of catastrophic flooding have rejected claims they are needlessly putting emergency crews’ lives at risk. Malcolm Venton and Lorraine Ellis said they could not leave their two border collies, Meg and Amy. The couple were asked to leave on Saturday when the evacuation zone was extended, but decided to hunker down, despite the threat of a huge wave rushing out of the damaged Toddbrook reservoir.
Derbyshire’s deputy chief constable said there are about 20 properties with residents refusing to leave A police chief who has been at the forefront of a near disaster in a Derbyshire town has said some residents who refused to leave their homes had put lives at serious risk. About 400 mainly local people packed a school hall to discuss the damaged dam in Whaley Bridge which is still at risk of collapse.