Storm wreaks havoc in PMB suburbs, leaving chaos in its wake

2014-02-25 00:00

A STORM yesterday afternoon wrought havoc in several Pietermaritzburg suburbs, blowing down trees and roofs off homes, leaving some flooded.

Imbali appeared to be the worst affected, with a number of roofs blown off, especially in Unit J. Msunduzi Emergency Services could not say last night how many houses were affected because staff were still busy in the field. There were also no reports of serious injury at that stage. A resident from Unit J was slightly injured when he was struck by a falling tree. He was taken to Edendale Hospital.

According to Emergency Services staff, several trees were blown down in other suburbs, including Edendale, Scottsville, Pelham and Hayfields. Teams were out last night clearing the trees from the roads and from power lines. Traffic officers were also on the roads, controlling traffic as the trees were removed. Traffic was backed up on Camps Drift Road as a fallen tree was cut with a chain saw and removed.

Many homes in Pelham were flooded, with mopping up operations commencing as soon as the storm abated. Pensioner Petro du Preez said some tiles were blown off his roof by the wind. “Some tiles were removed and the house started leaking, but nobody was hurt,” he said.

A taxi belonging to businessperson Mafika Sithole, owner of TM Tours and Guest Lodge in Pelham, was slightly damaged when a tree fell across its roof. In Imbali unit 2, the roof was blown off a supermarket.

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