A flood alert was sounded along the banks of Cauvery river and bathing banned in the famous tourist spot of Hogenakkal waterfalls in the district today following release of surplus water from dams in neighbouring Karnataka into the inter-state river.
District Collector P Amudha ordered issue of the flood alert in Hogenakkal, about 45 km from here, asking people living in low lying areas along the river bank to move to safer places, official sources said.
Due to the release of excess water from Krishnaraj Sagar and Kabini dams in Karnataka, the water flow has been steadily increasing in Cauvery, which enters Tamil Nadu at Hogenakkal.
Tourists would not be allowed to take bath in Hogenakkal Water falls and coracle operation and fishing also been banned until further order, she said.
The alert was being conveyed through tom-tom in Hogenakkal, Ootamalai and Biligundalu forest areas.
A team of officials from Revenue, PWD, Police and Forest Departments were being deployed to monitor the situation, the sources said.
An inflow of over 7,900 cusecs was measured today at Biligundalu water gauging station on the Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border, they said.