Emergency services worked into the night on Sunday at a reservoir in central England that threatens to flood an entire town, following further heavy rain.
On Thursday, the Environment Agency issued a "danger to life" warning covering the River Goyt. Water from the Toddbrook reservoir is being released into local waterways, which is leading to an increased risk of flooding in nearby areas.
That could hamper emergency efforts to further reduce the water level in the reservoir.
"I've never seen water flood over the dam like that, ever, nor thought that we could possibly be at risk in this way", said Ms Whittle.
"There are additionally a complete of 16 high-volume water pumps which have been put in within the reservoir, with a goal to cut back the water ranges", officers mentioned.
Julie Sharman, chief operating officer of the Canal and River Trust which runs the reservoir, said water flowing into Toddbrook has been "reduced considerably" thanks to additional pumping.
He said crews were working to bring the situation to the "quickest and most effective conclusion".
Around 1,000 people were evacuated from the town but most found their own accommodation with family and friends, according to Derbyshire County Council.
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An RAF Chinook helicopter has put 400 tonnes of sandbags on the affected part of the dam in an attempt to shore it up, while firefighters are using pumps to remove water.
A bag of aggregate, a mixture of sand, gravel and stone, is thrown onto the damaged Toddbrook Reservoir near the village of Whaley Bridge, in Derbyshire, England, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.
"Of course this is a distressing and worrying time for them, but if that dam were to breach it would lead to a loss of life if there were people there".
In total these 22 households amount to 31 people who have each been visited by police to advise them to leave the town in a bid to save their lives.
Derbyshire chief fire officer Terry McDermott told the meeting that specialist engineers had monitored the dam wall 24 hours a day with lasers and there had been "no significant deflection" in the wall.
Nearly all of Whaley Bridge's 6,500 residents evacuated the town on Thursday evening amid fears the town could be wiped out by the crumbling dam.
Swann said in the worst case scenario, residents would not be able to return to their homes for up to seven days. British police have ordered the evacuation of a town of 6500 residents. "We will be putting plans in place for residents to return to their addresses for a very short time, in a very controlled manner, to collect belongings", he said.