CT disaster centre orders evacuation

2012-07-08 17:18

Cape Town - Cape Town's disaster risk management centre has declared an evacuation order for the River Club in Observatory lying next to the Liesbeeck River as a result of the rising water level.
A spokesperson for the centre, Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, says the rising levels of the river jeopardised the safety of approximately 60 people on the premises. They have been evacuated.
Residents are urged to stay clear and to leave the surrounding areas immediately for their own safety. 
The city’s public safety authorities have been deployed to the area to regulate traffic and to ensure the safety of the crowds.
The rising levels of the water have flooded the club's courtyard, but with no significant damage to the buildings.
Fifteen vehicles have been removed from the flooded area.
Earlier the Weather Office issued several warnings as the country is in the icy grip of winter.

Residents in the Western Cape  were warned to expect very cold conditions over the north-western parts of the province as well as heavy swells of over 4m between Plettenberg Bay and Port Alfred.

KwaZulu-Natal would be very cold, especially in the western parts of the province and in the Eastern Cape residents were told to expect very cold conditions, especially over the north-western high ground.

Heavy thunderstorms were forecast for Gauteng and Mpumalanga.

  • ben.small.98 - 2012-07-08 18:10

    At least river pollution will be gone but unfortunately into the sea!

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-08 18:23

    Hello road and city engineers. I've lived here for 23 years. It rains in winter! Every year the Liesbeek floods and the Parkway is so poorly designed the road gets flooded and 7 million taxis & cars get stuck as a result. Ditto for M3 around UCT. Our shiny new gazillion buck N1 at the Koeberg interchange loses TWO lanes after a day of rain. You've come up with dustbins to deal with the wind, how about coming up with road designs to deal with the rain?

  • blane.blandon - 2012-07-08 18:30

    Under the Koeberg interchange outgoing is very hazardous in rainey weather , the water pools there making driving under the bridge very dangerous

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-08 18:47

      ..and the digital signboard is too far down the road. Or they need another one. Sick of Koeberg Interswamp. Two weeks ago was just a few hrs of rain and it was shut off. After 2 days of non-stop rain, going to be a nightmare. Who designs these roads?

  • archangel.zerachiel - 2012-07-08 18:42

    Currently in SA for a while again. The pollution will never be gone as more and more PEOPLE are fouling that area with HUMAN WASTE. The City of Cape Town should enforce their informal settlement laws. Then, the drainage in the area is horribly outdated. The River Club, if I remember correctly, is situated below water level and was made worse after the golf course was created. The current TENANTS should spend some money cleanung that river themselves as they probabaly add to the pollution levels via their pumps . fuel etc ..

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-08 19:02

      As a commuter sick 'n tired of Liesbeek Swamp Way and Koeberg Interlake. Don't care who caused the problem, just want to know when it will be solved. Even if both private and public must jointly solve it. Some days I'm an hr late for work just because of rubbish design.

  • Bruce - 2012-07-08 18:53

    Oh hell !! I told The Cockroach that she needs to give all those in low lying areas, south of Beaufort West ample warning before she plants herself on the loo and floods the province. . . . Despite it being her form of weight-loss.

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-08 19:16

      I shall be sending great mutterings to the newly-sleek Cockroach tomorrow morning. Whilst it's swanking it up in svelte designs, I'll be one of the eternally p'd on - 2hrs for an 18km journey. Upside - the stress alone should shrink me, so be warned Cockroach!

  • sachasea - 2012-07-08 21:15

    The river was already very high at 10:30 this morning when I crossed it at the Liesbeek Parkway and Station Rd junction. Hope people living in the flood zone take heed and get themselves to safety.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-07-08 22:01

    Noting a thumbs down on each of my posts. Is it just because it's me or are you genuinely disagreeing with my comments? If the latter, you must be a (totally rubbish) road engineer

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