A walk to the beach in the afternoon
Wow! It’s Day 200 already…..
Ulley Reservoir is a small water store not far from home. It was insignificant and just a nice place to take a short walk. In June 2007 it shot to fame when cracks appeared in the dam wall after torrential storms. For several days it threatened to burst and wash away the M1 Motorway which is the main North/South highway in the UK.
June 2007 cracks in the dam
On 25 June 2007, cracks in the reservoir walls were found after heavy rains and flooding in the area, causing concerns that the reservoir might burst, prompting the evacuation of the three nearest villages Whiston, Treeton and Catcliffe. Several other areas as far away as Canklow were put on emergency flood alert. The M1 motorway was also closed between junctions 32 and 36 amid fears over safety. This led to 700 local residents being evacuated from their homes. Fire crews used seventeen high volume pumps to remove four million litres of water per hour from the reservoir.
The possibility of the dam being susceptible to cracking had been discussed in 1970, at a conference about problems with dams of a similar age and construction; however, it is not known if the “concrete pads” observed at the reservoir are actually piezometers installed to measure sub-surface water levels within the dam, as discussed at the 1970 conference.
It was feared that, if the reservoir’s dam was breached, the sudden flow of water could bring down high voltage power lines, and flood the nearby M1 and a crucial regional electricity substation, which supplies the power to the whole of Sheffield.
Lunch in the pub and these old switches caught my eye…
Tthe most exciting day for some time we are travelling down to pick up our new puppies tomorrow.
The journey was a nightmare! The M1 (the UK’s main North/South highway) is closed for 6 hours due to an accident. Our journey tests our ‘alternatives’ knowledge.
After visiting good friends Nancie & Nigel in Stratford upon Avon we eventually arrive at our ivy covered hotel for the night.