Operation to save Toddbrook Reservoir from start to finish - in pictures

These pictures highlight some of the amazing work done over the last week by teams working to save Toddbrook Reservoir.

Thursday, 8th August 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 8th August 2019, 6:00 pm
Toddbrook Reservoir. Photo Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

As well as the multi-agency team involved in the operation, they also capture the moment evacuated residents were finally able to return home on Wednesday afternoon, as well as visits by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Phil Smith sent us this photo of the dam wall last Thursday.
Emergency services at the scene last Thursday. Photo - Jason Chadwick

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Police at the scene last Thursday. Photo - Jason Chadwick
The deserted streets of Whaley Bridge last Thursday. Photo - Jason Chadwick
Reservoir Road in Whaley Bridge before the evacuation was ordered last Thursday. Photo - Jason Chadwick
Workers at the site on Thursday night. Photo - Peter Cull Photography
Peter Cull Photography
Peter Cull Photography
This photo was taken last Thursday by Peter Cull Photography
Peter Cull Photography
Teams at the scene on Thursday. Peter Cull Photography
Prime Minister Boris Johnson visit Whaley Bridge on Friday and meets with emergency services personnel. Photo - Yui Mok - WPA Pool / Getty Images
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting residents. Photo - Leon Neal - WPA Pool/Getty Images
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meeting armed forces personnel on Friday. Photo - YUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images
An RAF Chinook was drafted in to help drop sand bags onto the dam wall. Photo - Leon Neal/Getty Images
A Chinook helicopter creates a rainbow in the spray as it prepares to drop sandbags onto the dam wall last Friday. Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images
Police vehicles block the road near the reservoir on Friday. Photo - Leon Neal/Getty Images
The RAF Chinook in action. Photo - Leon Neal/Getty Images
Police signs block a footpath near the reservoir. Photo - Leon Neal/Getty Images
The Chinook in action on Friday. Photo - Leon Neal/Getty Images
All trains from Buxton station have been cancelled while the operation was underway. Our photographer Jason Chadwick captured this photo last Friday.
Many roads in Whaley Bridge and the wider High Peak have also been closed. Photo - Jason Chadwick
Rail replacement coaches have been running between Buxton and Macclesfield. Photo - Jason Chadwick
The Goyt Bridge in New Mills was closed during the operation. This photo was taken by our photographer Jason Chadwick last Friday.
Reservoir Road in Whaley Bridge before the evacuation was ordered on Thursday afternoon. Photo - Jason Chadwock
A rest centre for evacuated residents was set up at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School. Photo - Jason Chadwick
Representatives from the Canal and River Trust, Derbyshire police, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Derbyshire County Council at a press conference held at the Devonshire Dome in Buxton on Friday evening.
The dam on Friday. Photo - ROLAND HARRISON/AFP/Getty Images
Firefighters carry water pumping equipment near the bank of Toddbrook Reservoir at the weekend. Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images.
Engineers and members of the emergency services work to pump water from Toddbrook Reservoir over the weekend. Photo: OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images.
Residents left messages to thank everyone involved in the operation. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Whaley Bridge on Monday to meet those involved in the operation. Photo -OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Jeremy Corbyn meeting with emergency services personnel. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A police officer directs traffic as residents return home on Wednesday afternoon. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Engineers inspect the damage on Wednesday. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Engineers work to channel water out of the interior of the Toddbrook Reservoir dam on Wednesday. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
People study the damaged section of the dam. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Engineers work at the interior site of the Toddbrook Reservoir dam after channelling most of the water out of the dam. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Water is channeled out of the interior of the Toddbrook Reservoir dam. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Heavy traffic in Whaley Bridge on Wednesday afternoon as residents return home. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Jeremy Corbyn at Toddbrook Reservoir on Monday. Photo - Anthony Devlin/Getty Images
Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A woman walks her dog as residents return to Whaley Bridge on Wednesday. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A couple returning to their home. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
A family walking their dog through the town. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
People return to the town centre. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Traffic builds as residents return home. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Residents return to Whaley Bridge. Photo - OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images