Evacuated Whaley Bridge residents return home - in pictures

These photos show Whaley Bridge residents returning to their homes, almost a week after they were evacuated.

Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 9:42 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th August 2019, 10:42 pm
A resident walks past a 'thank you' sign.

Locals were told they could go home this afternoon after a multi-agency team managed to secure Toddbrook Reservoir. Whaley Bridge residents can return to their homes after evacuation order lifted - live updates

A police officer directs traffic. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A woman walks her dog as residents return to the town of Whaley Bridge. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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One resident unloads her car. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A couple returning to their home. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
People return to the town centre. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A family walking their dog through the town. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Traffic builds as residents return home. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A police officer directs traffic while residents return to the town. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Anne Leyland and Joan Gibson from the Footsteps charity shop celebrate being the first to open.
First customers Leyla Serougi, Barbara Oldham and Birt Leyland.
Traffic being allowed back into Whaley Bridge.
Making repairs to a damaged bridge.
People study the damaged section of the dam. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Making repairs to a damaged bridge.
Traffic is allowed back into the centre of Whaley Bridge.
Traffic is allowed back into the centre of Whaley Bridge.
Engineers inspect the damaged spillway of the Toddbrook Reservoir dam, the damaged section of which is filled with bags of aggregate to reinforce the structure. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A man walks past Goyt Wines and a 'thank you' message. Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP.
A 'welcome home' sign is pictured as residents return to their homes. Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP.
Environment Agency workers prepare a stand to inform returning residents at a primary school turned into an assistance hub in the town. Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images.
A police officer directs traffic.
Power generators are moved out of town as residents return to their homes. Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP.