The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Joint Operations Centre is currently inundated with calls regarding false rumours, sms messages and e-mails going around suggesting people should return to Uitenhage immediately.
Residents are requested to ignore these false claims and note that the officials will inform them using load hailers and local radio stations to communicate urgent messages if the situation changes at any point.
Access roads to Uitenhage are open and people are still able to move freely at this stage.
Roads closed at this stage:
- Third Avenue Dip, Newton Park,
- Old Grahamstown Road near the Uitenhage Fire Station,
- Holland Street, Despatch,
- In Uitenhage we closed Union/Melsetter roads,
- Kamesh – Tiryville low level bridge
- The Cuyler Bridge between Uitenhage and KwaNobuhle is also closed at this stage due to high water levels.
- Editors Notes – the Missionvale road just past the NMMU Vista Campus alongside the salt pans is also closed.
Channer Street close to Willow dam is flooded as well as Old Cape Road near the Wedgewood Country Estate but they are not closed at this stage.
Residents are requested to remain calm at this stage as there is no reason to panic.
Editors Notes: We need all Uitenhagers to stay in Port Elizabeth and spend their hard earned cash here – the e-mails and SMS’s are a plot by shopkeepers and businessmen on the other side of the Chatty who want to take advantage of the situation. Better yet – why don’t the ‘Hage se Mense’ just emigrate to PE rather – I can organise you with a Green Card chop chop for a small fee.
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