N1 town on high alert for flooding

2014-01-08 12:10
Laingsburg - The Buffels River in Laingsburg is being closely monitored after its water level rose drastically overnight on Tuesday due to heavy rains, Die Burger reports.  

Similar conditions led to the fatal flooding of the Karoo town on 25 January 1981 33 years ago, in which 104 people died and 184 houses were destroyed.

Laingsburg is located on the N1 between Johannesburg and Cape Town, and has become a popular pit stop for drivers.

Travellers are urged to be cautious if making use of this route.  
According to Die Burger a part of the Shell Ultra City service station had been flooded and the N1, as well as a few other roads, had been temporarily closed. The national road is, however, currently open. 

Hein Rust from central Karoo Disaster Management said that they are monitoring the situation carefully, especially since the Floridaskraal Dam had flooded, adding to the river’s volume.

There is, however, no need to evacuate people just yet. 

The City of Cape Town also tweeted a flood warning for Wednesday in the Overberg, Cape Winelands, Cape Metro, Central Karoo and Eden District.

While Cape Nature  posted a notice on their Facebook page that the nearby Anysberg Nature Reserve had been temporarily closed due to heavy rainfall and flooding in the area. 

Here are a few pics shared via Twitter on Wednesday morning.

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