Heavy rains that has been lashing the hill district for the past few days subsided on Friday. However, gusty winds kept Fire and Rescue personnel on their toes with reports of trees being uprooted and as a result traffic movement getting affected on several stretches across the district.
According to sources, a tree that fell on a road at Kaikatty near Manjoor brought the traffic to a standstill for over two hours. Movement was restored after Fire personnel cut the tree and removed it. A tree that was hanging precariously at Boat House was felled and removed. Several incidents of trees getting uprooted at various places on Ooty-Gudalur and Ooty-Manjoor Road were reported.
Meanwhile, as per officials, Upper Bhavani recorded the highest rainfall of 80 mm in the 24 hours ending 8.30 am on Friday, followed by Gudalur Baazar-74, Avalanche-72, Devala-60, Naduvattam-26, Emerald-20, Kundah Bridge-8, Glenmorgen-7, Ketti-5, Ooty-2 and Kalhatty-1 mm. The total rainfall recorded was 632.2 mm and the average was 37.2 mm.
All educational institutions in Ooty, Kundah, Gudalur and Pandalaur taluks remained closed on Friday after Collector Archana Patnaik declared a holiday following continuous rains. Educational institutions will remain closed on Saturday as a precautionary measure. Parson’s Valley Water Supply Restored
Water supply to Parson’s Valley that had been adversely affected for the past two days after trees fell on the power lines was restored on Friday by the electricity department. The workers attended to the faults in the inclement weather in forest areas and restored both power and water supply.
Water level at Parson’s Valley reservoir, which is a major source of water for the municipality, is comfortably poised with only three feet left to the touch the full reservoir level of 58 feet.
Pilloor dam has attained its full capacity of 247 feet. Kundah dam stand at 87.5 feet (89), Geddai at 154.50 (156), Avalanche at 150 (171), Emerald at 150 (184), Upper Bhavani at 188 (210), Moyar at 15.50 (17) and Pykara at 83.5 (89).