Pennal residents evacuated due to flood risk


North Wales Police officers are evacuating residents from the village of Pennal, near Machynlleth, Powys following a slight breach in the dam of a local reservoir which has caused a small amount of water to escape.


The residents are being transported to Machynlleth Leisure centre. Staff from the local councils, representatives from the local water board, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and officers from North Wales Police are at the scene working to stabilise the situation.


At this current time it is thought that the breach may have been caused by a landslide.


Superintendent Andy Jenks -Gilbert, explained: “The evacuation is taking place as a precautionary measure.


“The water is flowing over the top of the reservoir stone wall into a quarry below which has the Afon Pennal running through it. 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 which flows through the village of Pennal , which is around ½ a mile from the reservoir.


“Police officers are evacuating residents in the area and would ask visitors and locals to avoid the village at this current time."