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Duck weather as heavens open

People across South Africa are experiencing duck weather as the heavens opened. The question on the lips of many people in The Garden Route this morning 15 November 2017 – Is the mouth open? We had excellent rainfall the past 24 hours and it will take a while for the water to reach the estuaries in and around The Garden Route.

SANParks ranger, Jonathan Britton, said that they are monitoring the situation closely and with the preparations for opening the mouth in place, they are ready to act.

The method used for opening the mouth is called ‘periodic artificial breaching’ of the estuary mouth. The set standards for breaching are when water levels in the estuary reach 2 meters above mean sea level (amsl) for Swartvlei and between 2,1 and 2,4 meters for the Touw River. Breaching is done by SANParks, the custodians of the system. Changes in water exchanges could influence the physical and chemical properties of water. It is expected that the Touw River mouth as well as the Swartvlei Estuary in Sedgefield will be opened within the next day or two.

Here are some rainfall figures we received from our readers across the country.

Take note: These figures were not verified by the weather bureau, and was supplied by individuals.

Theewaterskloof catchment area - 18mm
Heidelberg Western Cape - 50mm
Beaufort West - 25mm
Swellendam - 120mm
Great Brak River Die Eiland - 50mm
Robertson - 50mm
Montagu - 20mm
Kameeldrift Pretoria East - 7mm
Gonubie - 28mm
Zwartkop 4, Centurion - 20mm
Hermanus - 40 mm
Clocolan - 14 mm
Machadodorp - 20mm
Vanderbijlpark - 70mm
Krakeel in The Langkloof - 70mm
Still Bay - 65mm
Ladismith - 32mm
Grahamtown - 30mm
Beaufort West - 20mm
Garsfontein - 16 mm
Aberdeen - 26mm
Despatch, Eastern Cape - 30mm
Reebok - 45mm
Oudtshoorn - 45mm
Jeffreys Bay - 35mm
Wilkoppies - 4mm
Tankwa - 45mm
Standerton - 16mm
Mossel Bay - 35mm
Kleinmond - 72 mm
Riversdale - 52mm
Gansbaai - 48mm
Brenton-On-Sea - 48mm
Parys Free State - 55mm
George - 57mm
Wilderness - 53mm
Sedgefield - 45mm

- 24 hour rainfall figures as at 9am on Wednesday 15 November 2017.

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