Bhavnanisagar dam has filled up for the sixth time this year following heavy rains in the catchment areas in hilly Nilgiris district and Mettupalayam in neighbouring Coimbatore district.
Due to the excessive rains in the last couple of days, Bhavani Sagar dam, built across river Bhavnani, has gone over the danger level in the wake of excessive rains in the last few days. On Monday, the officials have issued a flood alert to the people living on the bank of river Bhavani in western districts of Tamil Nadu.
"The Bhavani Sagar Dam water level is at Full Reservoir Level and there has been heavy rain in catchment areas of Bhavani Sagar Dam and there is a likelihood of heavy rain in the next 24 hours. Precautionary steps may be taken and release done accordingly from the dam as per rule curve after informing the downstream areas," an advisory issued to Erode, Namakkal and Karur by R Saravanan, Executive Engineer, Southern Rivers Division, Central Water Commission stated.
The water level in the Lower Bhavani Project reservoir reached its maximum of 105 feet and the storage crossed 32 tmc feet against maximum of 32.8 tmc ft, prompting the Public Works Department authorities to more than triple discharge from 3,500 cusecs to 11,950 cusecs on Monday morning.