Family flees to tractors after floods

2013-01-24 10:23
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Polokwane - A farmer and his wife had to sleep in tractors on Sunday night after heavy flooding in the Weipe area in Limpopo.

Lizelle Erasmus said she and husband Coert and their two sons, Coert Jr, 15, and Duan, 13, spent the night sleeping in tractors on the neighbour’s farm, reported Beeld.

“It was terrifying. We were trapped and everything looked like one big dam. The flood was 10 times worse than in 2000. We didn’t think it would be so bad,” said Erasmus.

She told how they packed IDs, passports and clothes.

“I told the children to pack a bag with what was most valuable to them.”

An hour after they reached their neighbour’s farm and he told them to relax, the water streamed through the house at hip height. They fled to the higher-lying barns.

“We had to sleep in the tractors to get away from the water,” said Erasmus.

Erasmus’s brother rescued them via helicopter on Monday.

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