Water peak expected on June 7: Ukrhydroenergo predicts the development of the situation after the explosion of Kakhovka HPP
The peak of the water spill from the Kakhovka reservoir is expected on Wednesday morning, June 7. In three to four days, it will start to subside.
This forecast was made by Igor Syrota, CEO of Ukrhydroenergo. He also explained in which case there might be some water left at the bottom of the Kakhovka reservoir.
"The peak of water from the Kakhovka reservoir is expected by the morning of June 7. Then the water level will stabilise. In 3-4 days, the water will start to fall. And on the 10th day, the water will flow into the Black Sea," said the CEO of Ukrhydroenergo.
According to him, after that, the reservoir will be left without water, and the Dnipro riverbed to the Black Sea will become very shallow.
"There will be no water there if we shut down the Dnipro hydroelectric power station," Syrota said.
He also explained that if the hydroelectric power station is not destroyed at the bottom, then up to 3 metres of water may remain at the bottom of the reservoir. But if the spillway dam is destroyed at the lower levels, there will be no water left in the Kakhovka reservoir at all.
However, it is most likely that the dam is destroyed to the zero mark. He said this on the air of "Donbass. Realii" programme.
"Judging by the nature of the damage and what we have seen this night and until 16:00, it is likely that the spillway dam is 90% destroyed to the zero mark. And within four days, we expect the reservoir to be drained to zero," said Igor Sirota.
The CEO also told us what to expect in the Kherson region. According to him, the water in Kherson will rise by up to three metres, and more than 37 settlements along the Dnipro River to the Black Sea will be flooded.
Syrota also noted that the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station was real terrorism, not an attempt to stop Ukraine's counter-offensive.
He stressed that there is no logic or engineering solution to the occupiers' actions, as it was possible to flood part of the Kherson region without explosions.
"They could have blown up the unit and caused damage to the power grid. They have a crane. Nothing prevented them from raising 24 gates and releasing all the water, achieving the same effect, flooding this area," Igor Sirota is convinced.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, on the night of June 6, Russian war criminals blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, a few kilometres from the temporarily occupied town of Nova Kakhovka in Kherson region. As a result of the destruction of the dam and the station, which cannot be restored, the water in the Kakhovka reservoir began to fall rapidly, and more than 80 settlements were threatened with flooding.