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Heavy rains making situation on roads difficult (v)

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Police warned drivers to be careful on the roads on Saturday, due to continuing rains that were set to hit some areas of the island, as water inflow to dams continued to be high and approaching record levels of about 50 years.

According to authorities, due to mudslides and falling dirt and rocks, the Paphos-Limassol highway would be closed from the Pissouri to the Avdimou exit all weekend.

The morning saw heavy rainfall and flooding in the centre of Limassol making areas around the castle unpassable.

Traffic has been diverted to the old Paphos-Limassol road in the direction of Limassol, police said.

Μετά από 365 ημέρες πλημμύρισε και πάλι η πλατεία του Κάστρου στη Λεμεσό

Posted by Kitasweather on Saturday, 16 February 2019

Meanwhile, police added that due to overflowing rivers the roads from Ayios Nikolaos – Pera Vasa, Tzelefos bridge – Amargetis – Nata, the bridge from Ziripilli Salamiou – Galatria, and Polis Chrysochou – Palia Theletra would remain closed.

In Limassol, roads to Troodos were only open for cars with snow chains or four-wheel drive, due to snowfall.

Police added that the coastal road from Ayios Theodoros to Mazotos – Zygi in Larnaca would also remain closed due to mudslides and flooding.

Kitas weather website reported that the water inflow to dams and the rains have nearly reached levels not seen for almost half a century, noting that in the last 24 hours inflow to the dams reached 2.097 mcm of water.

Latest measurements from the dams showed that they were 64.3 per cent full, while last year the dams were only about 20 per cent full, the website reported.

Police said that the public can learn more about traffic conditions on cypruspolicenews.com.

Showers and snow on higher ground are expected to continue through the weekend with temperatures set to rise on Tuesday, and weather is expected to be calm by Wednesday.

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