Heavy rain forecast for Sunday led Derbyshire police to evacuate a further 55 homes in the town of Whaley Bridge.
On Saturday, evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes for 15 minutes to gather essential items.
Race against the weather
Emergency workers have been rushing to lower the water level behind the 180-year-old dam to relieve pressure, and have blocked off inlets to the reservoir to prevent more water from entering.
Military helicopters have been used to drop hundreds of sandbags on its damaged spillway wall.
“Everyone is working as hard as possible to get ahead of the curve and remove as much water as possible today, overnight and into tomorrow, to minimize the impact of any bad weather that does materialize,” Deputy Chief Fire Officer Gavin Tomlinson said Saturday.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited rescue workers on Friday, where he said his “thoughts are with those who have had to leave their homes.”
Further rain, floods and lightning strikes are predicted for Sunday for much of Northern England and the Midlands.
se/cmk (dpa, AP, AFP)