Whitish trees emerge at Yamba Dam as the water level is lowered after reaching full capacity during Typhoon No. 19 in Naganohara, Gunma Prefecture, on Nov. 7. (The Asahi Shimbun)

NAGANOHARA, Gunma Prefecture--In stark contrast to the fall colors around Yamba Dam here, plants and trees submerged following record rainfall from Typhoon No. 19 are showing a whitish tint.

The 116-meter-tall dam, which has been storing water on an experimental basis since Oct. 1, reached full capacity in just two weeks from the deluge brought by the typhoon on Oct. 12.

According to the land ministry, the dam was initially planned to reach full capacity in about three to four months.

The water level has since been lowered during water releases, dropping about 20 meters below full capacity as of 9 a.m. on Nov. 7. That revealed numerous mud-covered trees and plants at the dam.

Shozo Hida, 55, chairman of the Kawarayu onsen hot spring association, moved his residence to higher ground at the time of construction of the dam.

“(The white trees) should be honored for stopping the muddy water from flooding,” Hida said.

Yamba Dam is scheduled to be completed in spring.