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Soyang Dam Floodgates Open For First Time In 3 Years Amid Heavy Rain

Reporter Ron Chang ㅣ 2020-08-05 17:11

Water gushes from the floodgates of the Soyang Dam in Gangwon Province on August 5, 2020, to prevent flooding after days of heavy rain.
Water gushes from the floodgates of the Soyang Dam in Gangwon Province on August 5, 2020, to prevent flooding after days of heavy rain.
For the first time in three years, water has been released from the Soyang Dam in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, to prevent more flooding in the central region.

The Korea Water Resources Corporation opened five floodgates at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, releasing water at a speed of 3,000 tons per second.

The move aimed to tackle rising water levels in the area after days of heavy rain, flooding and landslides that have left at least 15 dead and 11 others injured.

The discharged water was expected to reach the Hangang Bridge in Seoul some 16 hours later.

Flood control authorities estimated that Han River levels would only increase by around one to two meters as a result, without causing additional damage.

The Soyang Dam, built in 1973, has discharged water 14 times, with the last release in August 2017.

<Photo: Yonhap News>






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