Some relief as rain falls in catchment areas

A total of 60mm of rain fell in the Bay catchment areas in the past two days.
WELCOME DOWNPOUR: A total of 60mm of rain fell in the Bay catchment areas in the past two days.
Image: 123RF/ Surut Wattanamaetee

At least 60mm of rain was recorded across Nelson Mandela Bay’s catchment areas by 9am on Thursday, though falls were uneven, with good rains in Kareedouw but just 2mm at the Kouga dam.

The SA Weather Service’s Eastern Cape spokesperson, Garth Sampson, said there was a problem with the automatic gauge at Kareedouw but manual stations measured 32mm and 6mm overnight.

In Joubertina, officials recorded 17.2mm and 2mm at the Kouga dam, which is almost empty.

In Patensie, 3.8mm has been recorded since Wednesday night.

In the Bay, 39.4mm fell at the Dawid Stuurman International Airport and 38.7mm at the Third Avenue Dip in Newton Park.

Sampson said the rain would persist, especially along the coast, until Friday.  —

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