The hill district has been receiving good showers over the last four days. Traffic was disrupted for a while after a tree got uprooted and fell blocking the Lambs Rock Road in Coonoor on Tuesday.
On information about the tree fall, the forest department from Coonoor rushed to the spot and removed it to clear the way for vehicles. Traffic resumed an hour after the restoration works were completed.
A few more well grown trees fell on the road in ‘shooting spot’ area on Gudalur-Ooty National Highway and in Marapalam area on Gudalur-Mysuru Road due to rains. These fallen trees were cleared jointly by fire service, police and public to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
Rains also triggered a minor mud slide at a residential area in ‘Keelnadukani’ in Gudalur.
The site of temporary vegetable market in Ooty has turned slushy making it inconvenient for traders and the visiting public thus affecting the sale to a great extent.
Meanwhile, the storage level which dipped to alarming levels in Siruvani Dam has been witnessing a steady rise following rains in the catchment areas.
A day after the dam’s level surged by four feet to 5.7 feet after catchment areas received a downpour of 202 mm on Monday, the rains slowed a bit with the dam registering just 54 mm on Tuesday and storage rose less than a foot and stood at 6.63 feet.
The monsoon brings an average rainfall of 189.6 mm from June to September in the district, while taking into account the rains received for about 50 years from 1970 to 2019. Despite the disappointing start, the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University has predicted 194 mm of rains, a little above the normal, during this monsoon and hope that rains may intensify in the coming days.