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UPDATE 2: Impact of Heavy Rainfall in George Municipal Area

Die Vleie, Wilderness

Mop-up operations continue in George following floods in parts of George that were caused by the torrential downpours overnight. The rain has subsided quite considerably; however, the George Disaster Management Services continue to advise members of the public to please drive with extreme caution today.

Roads closed due to flooding
Wilderness – Die Vleie still closed due to water levels

We continue to urge motorists to drive with caution as the roads are wet and slippery. Please note, that the road surfaces remain wet, motorists are to proceed with caution and at reduced speed.

Areas flooded
24 residential homes reported flooding throughout the George Municipal area, including one partial collapse of a structure in Herold.

Blanco Community Hall is currently housing approximately 25 people who were evacuated in Blanco
House flooded in Uniondale, residents temporarily accommodated in Lyonville Community Hall
Up with Downs School, Blanco and VGK Primary School, Geelhoutboom have reported being affected by flooding.
A number of schools have closed for today but are communicating directly with their learners and parents in this regard.

Disaster Management Services is assessing damage in residential areas of Wilderness and at the Wilderness Water Treatment Works buildings.

Electrotechnical Services is assessing damage to infrastructure in Anchorage Lane and surrounding streets, Wilderness

Disruption to Service Delivery
The Gwaing Landfill Site situated at R102 Airport Road remains closed, due to the inclement weather and green bags will not be collected until further notice The Waste Transfer Station remains operational.
The collection of black refuse bags and recycling bags has resumed.

Emergency Services remain on alert
George Disaster Management Services remains on standby to attend to any emergencies. The Municipality continues to monitor weather developments, and the public will be updated via George Municipal Social Media Channels.

Only travel, if necessary, DRIVE SLOWLY and do not attempt to drive through a body of water that is fast-moving.

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