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Welsh village evacuated amid dam breach fears

North Wales Police officers today evacuated residents from the village of Pennal, near Machynlleth in Powys following a breach in the dam of a local reservoir.

The Police said on this afternoon that a “small” amount of water had escaped and that the “slight” breach was likely triggered by a landslide. The village is around 800m from the reservoir.

A statement said that staff from the local councils, representatives from the local water board, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and officers from North Wales Police were “working to stabilise the situation”.

“The water is flowing over the top of the reservoir stone wall into a quarry below which has the Afon Pennal running through it,” said Police superintendent Andy Jenks-Gilbert. “The evacuation is taking place as a precautionary measure.

“A crack has been discovered in the wall, causing a small amount of water to escape. Should be wall be completely breached, the contents of the reservoir will go into the river that flows through the village of Pennal.”


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