WHILE the unexpected rain over the past week was welcomed in some areas it unfortunately, caused considerable damage in other areas.
In Greytown and immediate surrounds rainfall totals ranged from 20mm to 80mm.
More than 100mm was recorded at Hermannsburg. Farmers in the Muden area suffered heavy damage as well as residents in Tugela Ferry where it was reported that several houses had been washed away and severe damage done to others.
Last Saturday a heavy storm and tornado struck Dalton and district causing serious and extensive damage to many houses , buildings and farms. Residents whose houses were destroyed were moved to the community hall. Several hundred residents were without electricity for hours due to the storm damage.
Greytonians driving back from Pietermaritzburg said it was the “worst ever” taking up to two hours to complete the trip. Trees were blown across the road and visibility was minimal.
As can be seen from the aerial photograph of Lake Merthley, taken by Kevin Walters last week, there has been a very slight minimal increase in the level of the lake however, it has a long way to go before there is any question of water restrictions being eased.
So residents, who have been complying with the four-hour daily supply of water and JoJo tank backups, are asked to continue to save water.
Obviously there will be a number of visitors to the area over the holidays, but it is important that they are briefed by their hosts as to the dire situation the town is in.
• A reminder too please - Lake Merthley (the lake and surrounds) is closed to the public until further notice.