Durban on high alert for flood damage with more rain on the way

2013-12-13 00:00

THE eThekwini municipality’s disaster management team was on high alert for flood damage ahead of the predicted heavy downpour in Durban this weekend.

Today, thousands of people will be remembering Nelson Mandela’s legacy at Moses Mabhida Stadium, with forecasters predicting gloomy weather for the event and throughout the weekend.

The municipality’s spokesperson, Thabo Mofokeng, said no major damage had been reported in Durban due to rain.

Weather SA senior forecaster Wiseman Dlamini said it is going to be cloudy this weekend.

He said Durban is expecting a 30% chance of showers today and tomorrow, while he predicted a 60% chance of rain on Sunday.

Rain is also anticipated in most of the Eastern Cape’s major towns, including Qunu, over the weekend.

“During a 24-hour period between Wednesday and Thursday, 58,2 mm rainfall was recorded in Durban,” he said.

The South Coast areas of Margate and Port Edward have also experienced heavy rainstorms.

The Department of Water Affairs regional chief director Ashley Starkey said the conditions of overflowing dams and rivers across KZN were expected at this time of year.

“At this moment, we do not have rivers or dams that show any signs of flooding, but depending on the weather, that could change,” Starkey said.

San Lameer Estate golf course had to be closed after heavy rain over the past few days.

Golf director at the estate Meyer du Toit said there was no damage to the course.

He said they have had 300 mm of rain since the start of December and they are expecting to open the golf course for play again when the weather clears.

Meanwhile, KwaZulu-Natal Road Transport Inspectorate (RTI) spokesperson Zinhle Mngomezulu said the traffic on the N2 so far is moderate.

However she said it could pick up over the weekend due to the number of people travelling to the Eastern Cape to pay their last respects to Mandela.

Mngomezulu said they had despatched some RTI officers to the Eastern Cape to assist.

Automobile Association spokesperson Gary Ronald said festive season traffic and those going to pay tribute could result in high traffic volumes on all the coastal roads.

The Airports Company of SA’s spokesperson Unathi Batyashe-Fillis said flights had been diverted from Mtha­tha to East London on Wednesday, but had resumed yesterday.

“We are monitoring the conditions,” she said.

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