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VLADIVOSTOK, August 21 (Itar-Tass) - Owing to abundant rainfall, the inflow of water to the Kolyma River hydropower station (HPS) series has more than doubled.
Over the past 24 hours, water inflow to the reservoir of the operational Kolyma HPS has grown from 2,965 cubic meters per second to 7,230 cu. m., and that to the building Ust-Srednekanskaya HPS from 4,710 cu. m. per second to 9,640 cu. m., the press service of the RusHydro Company reported on Wednesday.
The water reservoir of the Kolyma HPS has a large margin of idle capacity. The reservoir's water mark is 449.26 meters, with the maximum permissible one being 458 meters. This makes it possible to accumulate floodwaters almost completely: only 1,264 cu. m. of water per second are discharged to the downstream wall, which substantially softens the flood aftermath.
The Ust-Srednekanskaya HPS functions in a transit mode, letting the incoming water to flow to the downstream wall via fully open spillways. After the construction is completed, the water reservoir of the HPS will have a considerable storage capacity, enabling it effectively to control the floodwater flow.
The situation regarding the inflow of water to the reservoirs of both HPS is being monitored by specialists who take necessary measures for a safe pass of floodwater.
The Kolyma HPS is located on the river Kolyma near Sineorye township. The Ust-Srednekanskaya HPS is being built on the same river, 200 km downstream below the location of the operating Kolyma HPS. No information on any danger of flooding came from riverain populated areas.