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    Johannesburg - The water levels of the four largest dams in the Orange River catchment were rising following heavy rains in the past day, the department of water affairs said on Tuesday.

    The Vaal Dam was 103% full and three sluice gates were open, spokesperson Linda Page said in a statement.

    It had an outflow of 870m per second.

    In the Free State the capacity of the Bloemhof Dam was currently at 104% with an outflow of 1 000m per second.

    The Gariep Dam, the largest dam in South Africa, was at 107% with an outflow of 1 670m per second which would increase to about 2 900m per second, Page said.

    The capacity of the second largest dam, the Vanderkloof Dam, was at 107.7% with an outflow of 1 323m per second and would increase to about 2 500m per second.

    As more rain was forecast over the next 24 hours, it was expected that changes to outflows would be made, she said.

    "The department of water affairs wishes to again urge all communities to exercise caution in the vicinity of the Vaal Orange River System and affected dams," Page said.


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    This is sooo good news !!!

    After 2 very dry years we had some good rain as well
    George dam is at 100%
    Mosselbay at 63 % (water restrictions are still not lifted-- waiting for 80% )

    Hope there is some rain for Beaufort West in very near future !!!
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    A warning has been issued in the Upington area, they expect water at about the same height as the last high (was it March last year?).

    I remember wading about 18 inches deep at the bridges South of Keimoes.

    Oh, and the Augrabies is a sight to see when the river is this full so if anyone is heading off in that direction, be sure to have a look.

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    Time for another road trip me thinks, at least this time around I know where the dam wall is and will not be starting in Parys again. (I am goegraphically challenged, which normally makes for interesting travelling).

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    Would like to take some friends. Where is best sighting and best lunch spot in the area ?
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    This was taken on our road trip last year, the dam wall itself you can view from a bridge, not much in the form of official viewpoints, but I 'm sure there will be picnic spots close by if you look around a bit.

    PS, take cash with, as you'll get some one making a buck from selling, ice cream, boerewors rolls, biltong etc.
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