Storm causes havoc in PMB, flooding homes and businesses

2013-10-31 00:00

YESTERDAY afternoon’s thunderstorm caused havoc in the short time it swept through the city, leaving several homes, streets and businesses flooded.

Councillor Phungula Dumisani was forced to contact the city’s disaster services to help the residents of more than 30 flooded homes in his Ashdown ward.

“I will be doing a full assessment to see how many people were affected by the floods. For now, I have sent a list of properties that were affected to the disaster services so that they can receive help,” Dumisani said.

Wilprint and Del Logistics, both located in Willowton Road, were flooded for the second time this year.

Wilprint owner Louis Wilson blamed the flooding on bad maintenance.

“The drains on the road are blocked, so whenever a car drives past, water is pushed onto our property,” he said.

Del Logistics manager Tim Hayes-Foley said the volume of water coming down the road, and at a fast pace, meant that unblocked drains would not have made a difference.

“Even when it was closed, hailstones were coming in under the door. Our lights went off and our Internet went down because of the rain.”

Water also flooded the Wanderers Club building in Aberfeldy Road, Scottsville.

“The water was ankle-deep and all over. We had to get a carpet-cleaning service to pump the water out. I don’t know if we have to replace the carpets yet, but it is definitely going to smell,” said club committee member Llew Futter.

The Duzi was turned into a river of rubbish. Litter from the streets washed into the river, causing a huge stream of dirt to flow down it. The low-level bridge on Woodhouse Road was also closed as it was underwater.

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