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Widespread rain brings relief

Wilderness residents woke up this morning with the wonderful news that breaching of the Touw River Mouth started shortly after 5am on Wednesday 21 November 2018.

Residents of neighbouring Sedgefield had to wait for the Swartvlei Estuary to open.

A short while ago a grader was comissioned to assist with the opening of the Sedgefield mouth as the level of Swartvlei reached the required level in order for authorities to open the mouth and prevent flooding. A preparotory channel had been put in place for what is called a periodic artificial breaching of the estuary mouth.

This after heavy downpours in the region for the past 24 hours. Not only did the persistant rain bring welcome relief to residents and farmers in the area, but also for hundreds of emergency personnel who had been battling with the worst fires ever recorded in the history of the region.

Fire fighting teams conducting mop-up operations after the fires of a fortnight ago, reported this morning that all active fires had been extinguished by the rain. Potential hot spots are still being monitored while mop up operations continue.

In diepwalle in the Knysna forest 78mm of rain was measured over the last 24 hour period, While 80mm was measured in Gouna. Here are some of the rainfall figures we received for the 24 hour period ending at 8am on 21 November 2018:

Bergplaas: 85mm
Hoekwil: 126mm
Farleigh: 83mm
Cornelskop: 84mm
Rooiriverrif: 75mm
Geehoutboom: 54mm
Great Brak River:40mm
Denneoord: 75mm
Blue Mountain: 70mm
George East: 70mm
George South: 95mm

Excellent rainfall was recorded in the catchment area of The Garden Route Dam, and it will take a couple of days to see the effect of the dam level.

One thin is certain - everyone is grateful for the rain and for the fact that no reports of major flooding, damage to property or loss of life has been reported.

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