Stay off the roads, Eastern Cape drivers urged

2012-07-14 22:16

Johannesburg - More rain was expected for the Eastern Cape on Saturday night, the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality said.

Spokesperson Kupido Baron advised motorists to stay off the roads as more rain was expected.

More than 200 people have been evacuated to places of safety due to flooding in Nelson Mandela Bay earlier on Saturday.

"There were reports of flooding in Kwanoxolo, Kleinskool, Salt Lake, Missionvale, Nooitgedacht [Booysen Park], Motherwell, Kuyga and Wells Estate."

Various roads had to be closed due to the flooding and motorists were warned to drive cautiously.

"Roads that have been closed due to flooding at this stage are Soudien Street/Old Uitenhage Road, Third Avenue Dip [Newton Park] Seaview Road [Bushy Park area] Loodsberg Pass and the Wapasberg Pass."

Baron said a tree had also fallen over the N2 at the Cotswold Bridge and various areas have been affected by power outages.

"Areas which have been affected includes Heath Park, Aspen Heights, Bloemendal, Kwadwesi, Salsoneville and Sanctor."

  • thandiswa.mafilika - 2012-07-14 23:29

    I live in pe and its very cold and wet its days like these that I'm grateful of the proper shelter that I have

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-07-15 00:20

    Nelson Mandela bay metro - celebrating Madiba's birthday in style-heavy rains.

  • mccarthy.jonathan.1 - 2012-07-15 02:33

    Yep,same roads,same areas,year after year.How long does it take for a tree to grow and become hazardous to power lines.Shame on you Mr Baron & Co

  • antonie.cblintvelt - 2012-07-15 02:40

    @Thandiswa: I also live in PE. I agree with what you say. My heart goes out to the poor in this weather, and it is some of the poor areas that are worst affected. To have every thing in your house wet and still have to deal with the cold. Just think of the homeless. I think of those boys always begging on Hugh Rd. accross Guido's. Where are they now? Are they safe and warm? They are just children that should be tucked in warmly by a caring mommy and daddy. We like to complain, but one thing I am sure of. No matter how bad things are, some poor fellow has it worse off. Reasch out and care, please people.

      mphozana.manfred - 2012-07-15 06:40

      Antonie, thank you so very much for that, you are the most sweetest angel around these shores, with a little more people like you, we will have a better country, God bless you, sweetheart.

  • Jake - 2012-07-15 07:23

    For your own safety try and stay off the roads......but if u have to drive then practice safe driving as displayed in excellent pics and videos and educational content on the website wwwwfatalmovesdotcom........check it out......could save your life

  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-15 07:32

    Who coined this silly word 'outage.'

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-15 12:01

      Not sure but I was surprised to learn it has been in use since 1899!

  • angela.monaghansandells - 2012-07-15 08:18

    On our way back from PE to Uitenhage yesterday, I noticed many people driving without lights on and two cars speeding through red lights. Please, if you are on the roads, drive safely and be visible.

  • Col.electro - 2012-07-15 08:36

    disaster strikes...

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