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Fifth Paphos dam overflows as sun returns

File photo: the Pedieos river in Nicosia (Christos Theodorides)

The dam of Ayia Marina Chrysochous overflowed early this morning, making it the fifth reservoir in Paphos filled to 100 per cent of capacity.

Ayia Marina Chrysochous has the capacity to hold 300,000 cubic metres of water. At the same time last year, the small reservoir was only 36.2 per cent full.

In the past few days, the Argaka, Mavrokolympos, Arminou and Pomos reservoirs have overflowed in Paphos.

On Wednesday torrential rains brought the amount of water in the reservoirs to 40.5 per cent of capacity but this also meant overflowing rivers caused havoc as many roads had to be closed to traffic.

The following remained closed due to flooding on Thursday morning in the Nicosia and Troodos districts:

Ayios Sozomenos – Potamia, Finopoulou (opposite the Grammar School), and Kyriakou Erythrou Stavrou, which connects Prodromos avenue to Ayios Omoloyites avenue near the post office in Strovolos.

On Thursday and Friday it will be sunny and no more rain is expected.

During the weekend, there may be a little rain, but only in some areas, and temperatures will be above average for this time of the year.

While many roads are now open in the mountains snow means the following are open only for 4X4 drives and vehicles with snow chains:
Macheras – Konia
Palaichori – Agros
Polystypos – Lagoudera – Saranti
Polystypos – Madaris
Platres – Troodos
Karvounas – Troodos
Karvounas – Chandria
Ayios Theodoros – Papooutsa

Other roads are closed due to ice and landslides:
Prodromos – Troodos
Mandria – Ayios Nicolaous
Platres – Trooditissa – Prodromos
Platres – Troodos
Kyperounda – Dimos

Landslides have made the road from Kalo Chorio to Paramitha dangerous.

In the Morphou area, the following are closed:
The old road from Ayia Marina to Peristerona
Prodromos to Trooditissa
Ayios Theodoros – Kourdali – Spilia
The main exit to Kakopetria from Evrychou
Kambos – Ayia Varvara

Open only for four-wheel drives and those with snow chains:
Prodromos – Lemithou
Pedoulas – Pinewood – Kakopetria
Pedoulas – Kykkos – Kambos
Pedoulas – Prodromos

Many roads are also closed in the Paphos district:
Ayios Nicolaos – Pera Vasa
Natas – Holetria
Salamiou – Galataria
Kelokedaros – Salamiou
Aios Geogios – Kidasi
Trachipedoulas – Salamiou
Kelokedaros – Filousa
Kannaviou – Stavros tis Psokas
Lemonas – Armagetis
Vretsia – Pera Vasa
Kritou Marotou – Ayios Dimitrianou

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