Cyprus Mail

People flock to see overflowing Asprokremmos dam

People visited Asprokremmos reservoir in a celebratory mood on Tuesday after the dam, the second largest in Cyprus, overflowed overnight.

Street vendors had already set up stalls to cater to the crowds, which included groups of pupils who were brought to see the phenomenon by their teachers.

The force of the water leaving the reservoir increased during the day, visitors reported.

The last time the dam overflowed was in 2012, but this is particularly remarkable because it was nearly empty at the start of the winter, filling up completely in just three months because of the amount of rain and snowfall.

The water development department has urged visitors to follow its instructions and to show respect for the environment by keeping the area clean.

Measures have been taken to ensure traffic will move with the least possible inconvenience.

The reservoir, located 16 kilometres east of Paphos, has a capacity of 52,375 million cubic metres while Kouris, the biggest in Cyprus, can hold 115,000 million cubic metres. Kouris is currently 77 per cent full.
The only other dams which have yet to overflow in the Paphos district are Evreto and Kannaviou.

The dam overflowed just after midnight Photo: Kitas Weather

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