December 7, 2021

Flooding in George – roads closed

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Many areas of the Garden Route, including George, has been flooded after heavy rainfall.

According to an update from the Garden Route District Municipality (GRDM), the rainfall still persists.

Provincial and local municipal traffic departments are currently busy patrolling all roads in and around towns.

The following roads are currently closed and affected in the district:

GEORGE

Seven (7) schools have been closed as a precautionary measure since this morning, and Mooi Uitsig Primary school, Hoekwil Primary school, and Diepkloof Primary school were recently closed due to heavy rainfall’s impact on their premises.The Malgas river in Witfontein is flooded, and part of the gravel road is washed away. Montagu Pass is currently closed.

GEORGE: ROADS CLOSED:

• Seven passes between George and Saasveld still closed;

• Saasveld road has been closed due to a sinkhole caused by heavy rainfall;

• Cycad street closed;• Part of Meyer street, affected by stormwater and not open;

• Fifth street Denneoord; affected by stormwater road is closed

• Palgrave Road – George South;

• Moegehuur; water is subsiding ongoing investigation;

• Shabalaza streets; reports of flooding;

• Thabatha street; reports of flooding, Engine 2 is investigating);

• Mozart Street, Harmony Park (Reports of flooding, Investigation carried out by Mr Fischer from George Fire);

• Maitland Street Blanco; reports of flooding;

• Camphersdrift (at the river, reports indicate flooding on parts of the road);•

Hairpin turn between George and Oudtshoorn; rockslides reported Provincial traffic to report back;

• Maree Street Pacaltsdrop; flooding reports;

• Charly Williams Rd; overflow due to rainfall, dam wall under pressure;

• Railway line damaged due to flooding at Bos en Dal; Diesel Tanker stuck on the track; and

• All rural roads are still open. Conville and Pacaltsdrop libraries and Community Services offices in Meade Street are closed today and services will resume tomorrow, 23 November 2021.

MOSSEL BAY

Due to heavy rainfall in the town, motorists are requested to reduce speed and drive slow and careful, especially near Blue Waters and Louis Fourie Road. There have been reports of water entering houses/buildings. The Mossel Bay Fire Services are responding to reports; pumping water out, and providing sandbags.

A school bus with learners in Jonkersberg cannot cross a flooded road, but according to the Windy App, it is expected that rain will dissipate in about two hours.

Robertson Pass between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn, heavy rainfall received- monitored by Provincial Traffic department; Not closed yet.

Marsh Street was affected by heavy rainfall; surface damage, but no incidents were reported.

OUDTSHOORN

Heavy rainfall was experienced—no reports of significant flooding or damages.

OUDTSHOORN ROADS AFFECTED

• Swartberg Pass temporarily closed due to heavy rain;

• Meiringspoort still open;

• Low line bridges in Oudtshoorn are closed;

• R328 (Road to Cango Caves) closed due to heavy rainfall; and

• Hairpin turn between George and Oudtshoorn – rockslides reported by Provincial Traffic.

KNYSNA

• Heavy rainfall was experienced, no severe incidents were reported.

BITOU• Heavy rainfall experienced

BITOU ROADS AFFECTED

• Green Oak Rd;• Wittedrift Rd;

• Gqamlana Rd;

• Jo Slovo Piesang Vally Rd;

• Poortjies Rd;

• Kwanokuthula (road closed); and

• Wittedrift (road closed).

The following rainfall figures were recorded as from 11:30 this morning from the South African Weather Services (SAWS):• George Weather Services – 95mm• Witfontein – 135mm• Plettenberg Bay – 35mmWe also would like to encourage the public to report all flood-related incidents to the 24/7 Emergency Call Centre of GRDM on 044 805 5071.

*Issued by GRDM

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