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Ulley engineer talks to British Dam Society

Jim Claydon, the All Reservoirs Panel engineer who oversaw the emergency operations on Ulley dam in July last year, addressed the British Dam Society at One Great George Street last week in a talk on dam breaks and flood risk management.

Claydon gave a step by step account of the emergency incident at Ulley and underlined how a flood map would have been useful at the time.

During the event, a map was drawn up in the middle of the night, which indicated which areas to evacuate and the M1 was closed.

The Environment Agency has produced a fact sheet this month regarding reservoir flood plans and flood maps which will become a legal requirement in 2009.

Also speaking was Mark Morris from HR Wallingford, who detailed the latest research on dambreak assessment and evacuation modelling.

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