Staff Reporter

METTUR: The Stanley Reservoir on Friday reached its full reservoir level (FRL) of 120 ft for the 36th time in its seven-decade-old history.

Though the dam was opened on the scheduled date of June 12 last year with its water level standing at 115.26 ft, it could register its FRL only on August 19. This is the sixth time the dam is registering its full reservoir level (FRL) in July.

A total of 11, 804 cusecs were released through the dam’s 16-vent surplus weir, while an additional 21,305 cusecs were drawn for power generation. Thus a total of 33,109 cusecs were being released in the river course in the evening.

The inflow into the dam was reduced from 1.17 lakh cusecs in the morning to a mere 69,016 cusecs in the evening on Friday. Poor rain in the catchment and reduced discharges from Karnataka reservoirs were said to be the reasons for the sudden fall in the inflow.

Flood alert had already been issued in 11 districts and those who were living in the low-lying areas had been asked to move to safer places. The ferry service between Poolampatti in Salem district and Nerunjipet in Erode district across the river has been suspended.

At 5 p.m. the water level at the dam stood at 120.210 ft with the capacity of 93.806 tmcft.