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- By News Reporter

WEEKS of heavy rain have turned a reservoir made famous by the Dambusters into a spectacle for locals as water thundered over the Derwent Dam yesterday.

The barrage controls the flow of water into the Howden, Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs.

Last month, storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge delivered a vast volume of rainfall making it the wettest February since records began in 1862.

Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the

National Climate Informatio­n Centre, said: “Having three such widespread extreme rainfall events in the same calendar month is exceptiona­lly rare.”

The result is that the three reservoirs in Derbyshire, which first began filling on completion of the dam across the River Derwent in 1914, are currently at their maximum capacity.

They provide practicall­y all of

Derbyshire’s water, as well as to a large part of South Yorkshire and as far afield as Nottingham and Leicester.

The dam is famed for being used during the Second World War by the RAF’s 617 Dambusters Squadron to practise low level flying needed for Operation Chastise – which saw Lancaster bomber crews drop specially built bouncing bombs on a series of dams in Germany.

PET cats kill more prey in their neighbourh­oods than wild predators and may be decimating local wildlife.

Scientists found domestic kitties claim fewer scalps but the impact is more damaging because they rarely stray more than 100 yards.

House cats tracked with GPS had up to 10 times more kills close to home than wild predators, notching as many as 39 per 100 acres a year.

North Carolina State University scientists said: “Add to this the high density of pet cats in some areas, and the risk to birds and small mammals gets even worse.”

The study appears in the Animal Conservati­on journal.

 ?? Picture: LNP ?? The dam yesterday. Inset, a Lancaster bomber flies over it
Picture: LNP The dam yesterday. Inset, a Lancaster bomber flies over it

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