Heavy rains fall hard on Jika Joe

2010-01-28 00:00

RESIDENTS in the Jika Joe settlement were left destitute after the heavy rains on Tuesday flooded their homes and destroyed their properties.

Yesterday morning, the residents were still busy with mopping-up operations.

Community leaders in the area said the heavy rains had flooded the entire settlement and that some areas were hit harder than others.

They said the problem was that their houses were made of corrugated iron and cardboard and therefore flooded easily.

One of the residents, who asked not to be named, said she had slept at her neighbour’s house. “The water was coming in from everywhere, but the roof was the worst part as it leaked terribly and left my entire sleeping blanket completely soaked.”

A woman who identified herself as Ma­Ngcobo said she was forced to dig a trench through the wall of her house to let out the water that had flooded her room. She said the water had welled up from below the floor.

When The Witness visited the area yesterday morning, water was still flowing from inside the house.

Community leader Mabhiza Mthembu said that although there were no fatalities in Jika Joe on Tuesday, they are concerned that the area is too close to the Dorpspruit, which means there is always a risk of flooding.

The downpour also pummelled other parts of the city.

In Lincoln Meade, residents measured 62 mm of rainfall, and in Winterskloof 50 mm. Darvill weather station measured 74 mm.

John Gutridge, manager in the disaster management office, said that despite the heavy rains, there were no reports of areas that had been seriously affected.


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