The George Municipality in the Southern Cape has requested the public to avoid swimming at beaches between Herold’s Bay and Wilderness. This as municipal workers continue to clear the beaches of debris since following flash floods.

Municipality spokesperson Debra Sauer says large quantities of logs and other debris are on the move along the coast, which may cause injuries to bathers.

Meanwhile, the municipality says the water situation at George is no longer critical but has asked residents to continue using water sparingly.

The floods destroyed water pipes which cut off supply to certain areas for four days. Water balancing was introduced to help the reservoirs fill up and stabilise the network.

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.

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.

George Municipality to apply for disaster relief following flash floods