An RAF Chinook helicopter was deployed from RAF Odiham to Whaley Bridge to assist civil authorities dealing with the emergency situation at Toddbrook Reservoir.
The RAF Chinook dropped approximately 150 tonnes of aggregate – a mixture of sand, gravel and stone – into Toddbrook. This was intended to stem the flow of water into the reservoir and into other surrounding watercourses designed for this purpose.
“Once the call from the civilian authorities came, we rapidly deployed an RAF Chinook and support crews to provide this vital support. We will continue to use the skills of our highly trained air and ground crew and the astonishing lift capability of the Chinook to assist in ensuring the safety of the public.”
Wing Commander Gary Lane
The RAF liaison officer at the scene
The Chinook’s crew were also accompanied by a joint helicopter support squadron deployed from RAF Benson and an RAF Regional Liaison Support Officer. This military support was requested and provided under the Military Aid To Civil Authorities (MACA) process, say the MoD.