Strong winds have kept municipal departments busy today, 21 June with veld fires attended to and put out in Victoria Bay, Hoekwil, Thembalethu and the York Street Cemetery. Currently the landfill site fire which started last night has been extinguished but continues to smoulder. A bulldozer is being used to smother burning material. A second veld fire in Hoekwil was reported around 2pm today and a fire on the R102 was being attended to. George Fire Services are being assisted by Garden Route District Municipal Fire Services.
Two incidents have been attended to where trees had fallen onto informal structures in Thabata and Yawani Street. Emergency services responded to assist. No injuries have been reported.
Strong winds have caused several high voltage power outages with Herold’s Bay, Oubaai, the Airport Line and sections of Pacaltsdorp off earlier today. Hansmoeskraal will be switched on shortly.The Hoekwil outage repair is being hampered by the veld fire still burning. Electricians will only be able to start repair work when they can access the lines.
Wilderness Heights – Watsonia Lane , Taaibos Street and De Waal Drive remain off, an electrician is busy with the lines and power should be restored shortly.
Saasveld, Fairy Knowe and Geelhoutboom are currently experiencing power outages, with electricians patrolling the lines to find faults.
Thembalethu Ramaphosa West line has had to be switched off for emergency repairs due to illegal connections and this has affected Zone 6 and 7.
Thembalethu Zone 4, is experiencing a low voltage problem which has been given through to the team for repair.
WARNINGS REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL THIS EVENING:
FIRE CONDITIONS Strong and hot northerly winds conducive to runaway veld fires are expected to continue on the Garden Route until Monday evening 21 June 2021. Please do not make open fires and discard or cigarette butts responsibly. Report fires in George to 044 801 6311.
STRONG WINDS to continue on the Garden Route until Monday night 21 June 2021. Please be mindful of possible associated hazards including trees falling over, breaking branches, debris blowing around and crosswinds on roads and between buildings. Small boats are advised to stay in sheltered waters. Please report fallen trees and broken power lines to 044 801 6300 after hours.