understand why another dam was built in Wales, you have to realize
that with an expanding population there is an ever ending need
for an increasing amount of water; well that's what "they"
say was the reason why five beautiful but remote valleys were
flooded on the south west side of the Cambrian mountains.
on the eastern edge of the county of Carmarthenshire in west Wales
is the ancient town of Llandovery with approximately 1,700 inhabitants.
With its medieval castle and some old cobbled streets it is a
warm friendly place, who's inhabitants include a few who once
worked on the building of Llynbrianne Dam and chose to settle
there on its completion.
and again these old construction workers gather in a local hostelry
and recall the hurly burly days of the dam's construction. Old
locals too, can recall those times, for it was for them a most
unusual experience. Hundreds of construction workers either lodged
in the town or traveled through it night and day for the two years
it took to complete the construction. Many were asked "where
are you working", the reply was always the same "up
at the dam". Why up at the dam!, well the building of it
was of concern to the local residents for it was constructed ten
miles upstream on the head waters of the river Tywi, upon which
the town of Llandovery sits and many asked the question "what
if it should burst" ?.