Dam level touches danger-mark of 69 feet

People residing along the banks of the Vaigai in five districts downstream the Vaigai dam have been asked to move to safer locations as discharge of flood water from the dam began on Monday afternoon.

The Public Works Department issued the third and final flood warning and started release of excess water at 3 p.m. The officials have kept a buffer of two feet in the dam to control the flow of flood water in the river.

Though the first flood warning was issued on last Wednesday , the water level did not rise thereafter as the catchment areas did not receive significant rainfall till Sunday evening. Heavy rain on Sunday night brought a huge inflow, pushing up the water level and forcing the issue of second warning at 5 a.m. on Monday when the level touched 68.5 feet.

The inflow that stood at 2,974 cusecs in the morning almost doubled at 3 p.m. Initially, 1,735 cusecs of water was discharged and later, it was increased to 3,037 cusecs, PWD Executive Engineer P. Dhanapalan, said. The entire inflow to the dam would be discharged in a phased manner.

The flow, which was 435 cusecs in the morning, rose to 3,040 by 4 p.m., as recorded in the Viraghanoor regulator. The city police have banned entry of vehicles through the four causeways after flood water inundated the areas. Police personnel have been posted on both sides of the river to prevent people from venturing into the causeways.

The Fire and Rescue Service personnel and police swimmers have been posted at the banks for rescue missions.

Corporation Commissioner (in-charge) K. Tharpagaraj has formed special teams to meet any untoward situations.

City residents can call 0452-2531385 for assistance. People can also call 100 (Police) and 101 (Fire services) for help.