Officials warn of floods in Eastern Cape

2012-10-19 18:18

Johannesburg - A joint operations centre has been established to deal with possible flooding because of ongoing heavy rain in the Eastern Cape.

"Ongoing heavy rain [is] expected that could result in localised flooding," the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality said in a statement.

Disaster management officials were evacuating people in areas where water levels were rising.

"Those accommodated in community halls due to flooded shacks or homes receive blankets, mattresses and foodstuffs... affected residents are requested to be patient as the need for assistance is increasing."

The municipality said parts of 3rd Avenue, Seaview and Lakefarm roads in Port Elizabeth would be closed.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-10-20 00:26

    How about not allowing people to settle on flood plains and river beds. It rains *every* year, especially in the E & W Cape. Since they started recording weather, it rains. So let's prevent disasters and homeless people. Just once, prevent a crisis.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-20 06:32

      LOL!!! I live on an area where in 1800's the river was diverted to a 'new' mouth. Everytime it floods, the river attempts to take back its course. Actually, what you say is right, but too late now ne?

      gail.hayesbean - 2012-10-20 17:28

      Actually it doesn't rain every year like this in Port Elizabeth. This is a record year in Port Elizabeth and right now I'm sitting in my house with my garden under water as there is nowhere for the water to go. A couple of years ago we had such a severe drought for so long that we were rationed and fined.

  • linley.dewey - 2012-10-20 08:57

    i'm glad i live on a hill

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