Evacuations in E Cape after heavy rain

2012-07-14 10:31

Johannesburg - Several people living in the low-lying areas of Nelson Mandela Bay were evacuated from their homes following heavy rain, the Eastern Cape municipality said on Saturday.

"About 20 people were evacuated [in Missionvale] on Friday," municipality spokesperson Kupido Baron.

"They spent the night at the ward councillor's offices."

Baron said residents should be prepared in case more people need to be evacuated.

The SA Weather Service reported that the rains were expected to continue throughout the province and that flood warnings still stood.

Snowfall had also been reported along the Drakensburg mountains.

The municipality announced earlier in the week that it was well-prepared for the wet weather.

Disaster management and emergency services have been placed on standby and boom-gates were erected to control the water levels in the Newtown Park area.

Officials were urging motorists to be careful on the roads.

  • koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-07-14 10:36

    Send them as refugees to WC. Problem solved.

      luvo.luvos - 2012-07-14 10:42

      If you're looking for publicity or jokes, this ain't the time !!

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-07-14 11:20

      Luvo may be he is being serious.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-14 11:13

    I hope everyone is ok and that they managed to get everyone to safety

  • Squeegee - 2012-07-14 11:17

    Very uncomfortable for those involved. Is it snowing near you? (In other words - lets hear where its snowing..)

  • Bulie Banda - 2012-07-14 11:24

    Hope no life will be lost, thank you to everyone who is keeping us up dated about the weather conditions and the disaster areas, keep up your good work

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-14 11:46

    Evacuated, or re-housed?

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-14 12:28

      In India there is worse rains and floods this is minor guys all they have to do is vacate to higher grounds

      raymond.dick.12 - 2012-07-14 13:20

      @Keith ~ and your point is?

  • leroy.reynolds.353 - 2012-07-14 11:48

    NB always seems to be having some sort of disaster or another, reminds me of people living in tornado ally, trouble finds them

  • aristar.aristary - 2012-07-14 21:32

    1 September 1968 15 inches of rain fell in an hour. I know. I was there! Every time there is heavy rain in PE the Baakens River comes down in flood because they have tried to confine the flood runoff yo a yen foot culvert! The floods have been happening in the area for thousands of years but the stupid humans think they can control the runoff.

  • ???? - 2012-07-15 10:40

    where the h---- is nelson mandela bay been away to long

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