Bracing for Peak Flow
July 14, Yichang City, Hubei Province: Floodwaters gush out of the Three Gorges Dam, a massive hydroelectric project on the Yangtze River.
After a period of continuous rainfall, the second flood peak of the Yangtze River this year formed in its upper reaches. To brace for the flood peak, the Three Gorges Reservoir opened seven flood discharge holes, the most since 2012, to increase its discharge volume. According to statistics, peak flow at the Three Gorges Reservoir that day reached 60,000 cubic meters per second, beating the record set earlier this year. The flood peak eventually retreated, making the river navigable again.