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Nov 9, 2009

Heavy rainfall in district !

All schools and colleges in Coimbatore and Tirupur districts will be closed on Monday in view of heavy rain, the district administration said on Sunday following instructions from the State Government.

Bharathiar University said all examinations scheduled by it for Monday were cancelled. Fresh dates would be announced later, it said.The heavy rain that lashed the city and suburbs since Saturday afternoon left many stretches flooded. Clogged drains in some places added to the agony of road users. After a halt for about three hours in the afternoon, heavy rain pounded these areas throughout evening.

Traffic on Big Bazaar Street was disrupted in the morning as the Lanka Corner underpass near the Coimbatore Railway Junction was flooded. The Coimbatore Corporation used its water tanker to pump water out of the underpass and enable full traffic to resume.

Supervised

Mayor R. Venkatachalam, Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra and officials of the Corporation supervised the de-flooding measures.A portion of the Corporation’s road, off Tiruchi Road, was washed away on Saturday night. Highways officials said traffic had been diverted on this road for some days as works to widen the Tiruchi Road were on.Shrubs and waste being washed away towards Singanallur clogged a culvert at this spot. Water overflowing from the canal washed away a portion of the road.

A Highways official said restoration works were taken up early and traffic was restored by afternoon.There was heavy flow in River Noyyal that brings water to about 10 tanks in and around the city. Water overflowed from the Siruvani Dam for the third time this year. The dam recorded 92 mm rain till 8.30 a.m. on Sunday.

Good inflow

The Corporation said the dam was still recording good inflow as there was heavy rain in the catchments.The dam being filled to its capacity of 650 million cubic feet at this time of the year was heart warming for the civic body as it supplied drinking water to one half of the city. Now, the normal rainfall in the North-East Monsoon would help in maintaining a good storage during next summer.

Water level

The water level in the Sholayar Dam was 150.66 ft as against the full reservoir level of 160 ft.The inflow into the reservoir was 832 cusecs and the discharge was 144 cusecs.The level in Parambikulam Dam was 71.12 ft as against the full reservoir level of 72 ft. The inflow was 3,117 cusecs and the discharge was 315 cusecs.The water level in Thirumurthy Dam was 41.96 ft as against the full reservoir level of 60 ft.The inflow was 2,136 cusecs and the discharge was 13 cusecs. The water level in Amaravathy Dam was 59.86 ft as against the full reservoir level of 90 ft. The inflow was 9,453 cusecs and the discharge was five cusecs.

The rainfall level (in mm) is as follows: Sholayar (58), Parambikulam (98), Aliyar (200), Thirumurthy (173), Amaravathy (173), Upper Nirar (74), Lower Nirar (96), Uppar (51), Thoonacadavu (102), Peruvaripallam (105), Valparai (70), Vettaikaranpudur (175), Pollachi (148), Sultanpet (60), Pongalur (65), Kangeyam (78), Navamalai (264), Sarcarpathy (220), Vellakoil (86.2), Palladam (53) and Negamam (57).

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