George municipality battles power cuts, water outage in aftermath of floods

The downpours and flooding has caused extensive damage to the power network.

The George fire and rescue service evacuates a man following heavy rain and flooding in the area on 22 November 2021. Picture: George Municipality/Facebook

CAPE TOWN - The impact of heavy rain and flooding in George and the surrounding areas is still being felt.

There have been power cuts and a water outage in the aftermath of the heavy downpours.

On Monday, the George Municipality urged residents to stay home, if possible, due to flooding.

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Several clinics that had to be closed have since reopened.

Municipal staff are also out in communities that remain without power. The downpours and flooding have caused extensive damage to the power network.

The municipality said it was aware that parts of George were rather ironically without drinking water as flooding had seriously damaged infrastructure.

Water trucks have been dispatched.

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Officials in the Southern Cape are mopping up and doing damage assessments across the region.

The rain has stopped and the weather in George and surrounds is currently warm and fair with disaster operations being scaled down.

James-Brent Styan, the spokesperson for the MEC of Local government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, said several roads had been damaged in the region and the assessments and repairs would follow swiftly.

"We want to thank all the emergency responders, the disaster officials and the municipal officials for their leadership and hard work over the past two days. The efforts certainly made a huge difference. We are very grateful to see that the impact of the storm was much less severe than originally feared."

George saw the worst of the storm with a handful of lower lying areas worst affected.

"Some pre-season work in the region including ensuring that river mouths leading to the ocean are open made a huge difference as large volumes of water is rapidly following away; in addition we're very happy to know that the largest dams in the region are overflowing."

The municipality said a large portion of George had been affected by a water outage as Monday's flooding severely damaged infrastructure.

The municipality currently has 10 water trucks located in strategic areas throughout mostly the eastern side of the city.