Residents from villages downstream of the Ulley Reservoir, near Rotherham, U.K., were evacuated last month as fears grew over possible rupture of its dam under high water pressure. Cracks reportedly raised concerns over the roughly 130-year-old, 13-meter-tall earth dam, leading to precautionary closure of a nearby section of the M1 motorway, one of the country's busiest routes. Hundreds of people fled floods and several deaths were reported in South Yorkshire after 10 centimeters of rain fell in 24 hours. Flood defenses remained intact, according to the government's environment department. The dam and its 12-hectare reservoir are owned by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. The reservoir's volume was not available.
U.K. Dealing With Flood Concerns for Old Dams
July 5, 2007