George Municipality to continue circulating water trucks following damage to infrastructure due to heavy floods

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The George Municipality, in the Western Cape, says it will continue to circulate water trucks to the eastern side of the city following extensive damage to water infrastructure due to heavy floods.

Roads were damaged, houses flooded, and schools were forced to close when heavy rain wreaked havoc across large parts of the region on Monday.

Municipal Spokesperson, Chantal Edwards-Klose says the water situation remains critical with reservoir levels supplying the city very low.

She says several areas including Thembalethu, Pacaltsdorp, Blanco and Conville are not affected by the water outage.

The municipality has appealed to residents to use water sparingly as mopping up operations continue.

Assessing damage

Garden Route District Disaster Management says it is busy assessing damage to rural roads and infrastructure in formal and informal settlements in George and surrounding areas of the Western Cape.

Disaster Management Chief, Gerhard Otto says one of the major problems at the moment is that some areas in George have neither water nor electricity.


Meanwhile, Gift of the Givers has sent aid to provide assistance to those affected by floods.

One person dies in Geelbeksvleipa near Brandwag

Police at Mossel Bay say a man in his seventies has drowned while trying to drive over a low-lying bridge at Geelbeksvleipa near Brandwag.

The incident happened on Tuesday morning when he tried to cross the flooded bridge in a bakkie.

The man, whose identity is unknown, was declared dead on the scene, as outlined in the video below: