The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has expressed their delight at the blessing of rainfall in our city and wider region over the Easter weekend. The rain comes at a time when we are still under water restrictions, with our dam levels relatively low.
Information received from South African Weather Services indicates that more rain is expected during the course of the day, with heavy showers towards late afternoon. Rain has managed to reach the catchment areas.
Due to the backlog in housing delivery, some of residents still live in shacks and stressed areas. Heavy rain poses great risks to them: damage to their valuables and even the possible endangerment of lives.
Consequently the Municipality’s Disaster Management Unit has been placed on the alert to closely monitor the situation. Disaster Management officers are already out in different areas across the City to assess the situation, with a special focus on the floodplain areas. The Joint Operations Centre has been placed on standby for any eventuality; from now until the situation clears.
Fortunately, no reports of incidents in relations to the rain/floods have been received yet.
Residents that may be affected by the heavy rainfals/floods must immediately contact the Disaster Management Centre at 0800 205050.