Durban storm mop-up

2010-02-18 00:00

MUNICIPAL cleaners had their hands full with mopping up operations in Durban after Tuesday’s storm uprooted trees, blocked drains and caused roads to wash away.

Hardest hit areas were Hillcrest, central Durban, Cato Manor and Sea Cow Lake, where heavy rains flooded informal settlements.

In Musgrave, rain washed thick sand onto Essenwood Road blocking drainage systems. Two lanes of the road were closed yesterday to allow trucks to clear the sand.

Uprooted trees were also cut up and removed from the roads.

In Cato Manor, five shacks were destroyed during the storm. Residents were moved to a community hall.

Several shopping malls also experienced flooding.

The Pavilion Shopping Centre and Musgrave Shopping Centre had flooding in several parts of the building.

An old age home in Alexander Road in Durban was also flooded. The eThekwini fire department assisted staff with mopping up operations.

Meanwhile a Newlands East man is in a serious but stable condition in a Durban hospital after he was struck by lightning during the storm.

It is believed that the man had been standing in the doorway of his home watching the electrical storm display when lightning struck his house. The man was electrocuted.

“Advanced Life Support Paramedic Garrith Jamieson and his team arrived at the scene and managed to stabilise him at his home before he was transported by ambulance to hospital,” said Netcare’s Jeff Wicks.

•A few houses with missing roofs had been reported in the greater Edendale area. Lucky Zimu from Msunduzi Municipality Disaster Unit, said that 17 houses had their roofs blown off in KwaPata and some were flooded with water. In Dambuza, said Zimu, residents had to be housed in a hall after eight houses had their roofs blown off and walls destroyed.

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