Villagers return after flood drama
Jun 11 2012
Residents evacuated from their homes in a flooding scare in Wales are being allowed home after authorities carried out a controlled release of water from a derelict quarry.
The new drama was just 20 miles from where flash floods brought havoc to communities in west Wales following heavy rainfall.
North Wales Police evacuated residents from the village of Pennal, near Machynlleth, Powys, following a breach in the dam of a quarry. They were taken to Machynlleth Leisure Centre and other temporary refuges.
Superintendent Andy Jenks-Gilbert said the evacuation was a precautionary measure. A crack had been found in a wall and a small amount of water had escaped. "Should the wall be completely breached, the contents of the reservoir will go into the river which flows through the village," he said.
Residents were evacuated from the area and visitors were asked to avoid the village.
Gwyn Jones, of North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, told the BBC that a member of the public had called about his concerns over a reservoir on his land. The decision to evacuate residents was based on the volume of water involved and the heightened risk from rain and debris coming down and making it an unstable structure.
The reservoir was not man-made, but formed when a derelict quarry with accumulated slate waste formed a barrier for the water, which had built up over the years. "There has been a build up, causing stress to that slag heap, and that is what is causing us concern, as a service," he said.
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