Midmar Dam is overflowing at last

2018-02-28 06:00
Midmar Dam overflowed for the first time in four years at the weekend.PHOTO: supplied

Midmar Dam overflowed for the first time in four years at the weekend.PHOTO: supplied

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MOTORISTS passing by and sightseers were treated to a spectacle at the weekend after Midmar Dam’s banks flooded for the first time in four years. Those passing by parked their vehicles on the side of the road near the dam to marvel and capture pictures of the water flowing over the dam wall.

Pietermaritzburg resident Jared Drew, who gazed in awe at the overflowing dam, said that he had to see it for himself after seeing images being posted on Facebook.

“As soon as I saw it online I knew that I wanted to see it for myself so I got up and drove to Midmar Dam.

“We had a hectic storm on Saturday which we needed and now to see that the dam is overflowing due to this is a blessing,” said Drew. Umgeni Water spokesperson Shami Harichunder told the Maritzburg Fever that Midmar Dam last overflowed in March 2014.

“On Friday we were at 98,33% and now we have reached full capacity,” said Harichunder. Harichunder said that the drought had been difficult on everyone but now that there has been very good rainfall in the catchment area of Midmar Dam, further up towards the Drakensberg, the water is now making its way into the dam.

“The water overflowing from Midmar will make its way into Albert Falls Dam, which at the moment is only 24% full,” said Harichunder. “Midmar Dam’s overflowing could mean a turnaround for the entire Umgeni System,” said Harichunder.

Harichunder said that Umgeni Water is optimistic and expects Albert Falls Dam water level to rise to at least 30% in the next four weeks.

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