Cape hospital evacuated after flash flood

2013-11-16 08:35
Staff assist with the evacuation of Vergelegen Medi-Clinic in Somerset West. (Modern Web Presence via Twitter )

Staff assist with the evacuation of Vergelegen Medi-Clinic in Somerset West. (Modern Web Presence via Twitter )

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Cape Town – A Western Cape hospital was forced to evacuate staff and patients after a nearby river burst its banks, causing flooding in the surrounding area on Friday evening.

The Vergelegen Medi-Clinic in Somerset West had to be cleared out after the Lourens River overflowed flooding the hospital.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said during the operation, the team also assisted with the evacuation of nine people, who were forced to find shelter on their roofs when their homes were flooded.

Western Cape rescue services were on high alert, after the SA Weather Service predicted two days of severe weather.

Lambinon said: “There was major flooding of residential and business areas of the Somerset West and flooding of roads, with some areas where even street stop signs were buried under water.”

NSRI headquarters national operations director, Mark Hughes, said early Saturday morning flood conditions had worsening due to persisted rain.

He said: “NSRI teams were escorting ambulances that were negotiating flooded streets to ferry patients from the Medi-Clinic.”

Eyewitness News reported that rain had disrupted electricity to Somerset West.

An old age home in the Helderberg area had also been evacuated.

According to EWN Camps Bay and Gordons Bay residents reported rock falls.

The province’s Disaster Risk Management were providing relief to flood victims and have embarked on a clean-up campaign.

No deaths or injuries were reported.


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