Massive rainfall in NMB catchment areas
Garth Sampson at the PE branch of the SA Weather Services reports that there were significant falls in the catchment areas of Nelson Mandela Bay’s main supply dams overnight. “Although only 29 mm were measured at the Port Elizabeth Airport, it was a very different situation in the catchment of Nelson Mandela Bay,” said Sampson.
“Joubertina had a whopping 163 mm and our man on the spot Anton, at Kareedouw, said his rain gauge overflowed at midnight, so he had more than 155 mm. Even Patensie was lucky and recorded 41 mm.”
Sampson said the Krakeel and Krom rivers which flow into the dams are flowing beautifully!
More rain is expected across the Metro and in the main catchment in the form of showers for most of today. Sampson says it will be heavier this morning, easing up later.
AlgoaFM News has also received unofficial figures of more than 200 mm at Stormsriver, 170 mm at Tsitsikamma, 70 mm at Jeffrey’s Bay and 75 mm at Thornhill.
Official figures below from Garth Sampson:
Catchment rain 24 hrs until 8am 8 Sept 2018
Joubertina 163 mm
Kareedouw 155 mm PLUS (gauge overflowed
Luterwater Hoek 216 mm
Krakeel 230 mm
Musgund 170 mm
Patensie 41 mm
PLEASE this does NOT solve our water crisis. Use water sparingly.