Neckartal over 100% and still overflowing

The giant new Neckartal dam has filled up in record time and has been overflowing since

22 January 2021 | Weather

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



The Neckartal Dam, whose level stood at 101.1% yesterday morning, has recorded an inflow of more than 69.2 million cubic metres since Monday. At that stage it was 95.8% full.

It has now exceeded its storage capacity of 857 000 million cubic metres. The rate of inflow into the dam yesterday morning was 95.5 cubic metres per second.

The dam, which started overflowing on Tuesday at about 11:00, was still overflowing yesterday, according to the latest update by NamWater. Meanwhile, the level of the Naute Dam stands at 96.5% after floodgates were opened on Tuesday morning and then closed later the day. The dam was 105.2% full before 8.401 million cubic metres of water was released.

The level of the Hardap Dam had slightly increased from 69.8% on Monday to 70.4% by yesterday. It had received an inflow of 1.894 million cubic metres.

The level of the Omatako Dam stood at 78.1% yesterday. It had increased from 72.8% since Tuesday after receiving an inflow of about 2.27 million cubic metres.

According to the latest information for Oanob Dam, it was 109% full and spilling over on Tuesday.

The hydrological service has warned that the level of the lower Orange River is expected to rise because of heavy rainfall and dam releases in the upper catchment in South Africa.

Adding to this is the flow from the Fish River as a result of rainfall and dam releases (Naute Dam) in the Orange-Fish catchment.

“Water users must be on alert for possible flooding and take the necessary precautionary measures,” the service said.

The Meteorological Services of Namibia says widespread thundershowers are expected in the Oshikoto, Kavango, Otjozondjupa, Kunene and Erongo regions at places today. Showers and thundershowers are expected over the central and northern coastal areas today and on Saturday.

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