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Dam levels rise to 92.2% after heavy rains

It has been a turbulent few days in the Cape as a two cold fronts raged, bringing rain, gale force winds, thunderstorms and even snow. While the weather hasn’t been all that pleasant, it has helped fill the province’s dam to higher levels.

The Western Cape’s dam levels recorded 90.7% at the beginning of the week, and are now sitting at 92.2% as of September 2. The fullest dams are Berg River at 100.9%, Steenbras Lower with 99.3% and Steenbras Upper with 98.6%.

The province’s largest dam Theewaterskloof has shot up to 90.3%, a far cry from its dismal state at the height of the Cape Town water crisis.

The Clanwilliam dam is overflowing, and some of its sluices have been opened. On August 23, the Water and Sanitation Department announced that the dam had reached the 100% mark as a result of the recent rainfall in the Western Cape.

More rain is expected at the weekend, which may bring even higher dam levels in the new week.  On Saturday, September 5 there is more rainfall, starting at 7am in the morning and continuing through to 5pm.

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