The rains came down: Floods forced Newcastle residents from their homes

PARADISE – There were dramatic scenes as floods forced residents from their homes on Tuesday evening.

The first area stricken was Paradise, after the looming threat of a brimming Ncandu River forced the evacuation of homes and relocation of many Finnemore Street residents to a temporary shelter at the Fairleigh Community Hall.

In this case, it was truly the tip of the iceberg.

Head of Two Eagles Security, Mark Jacobs and DA Councillor, Bertie Meiring were hailed as champions for rallying to assist residents where they could.

Sandbag barricades were built as the rain continued to bucket down.

“Many of the residents did not want to leave – they underestimated how quickly the water was rising,” Mr Jacobs explained.

Head of Disaster Management, Nelson Mpeko later confirmed the Ncandu, Ingagane and Buffalo rivers had filled to the extent that flash floods were reported in Newcastle, oSizweni and Madadeni.

The waters left Lennoxton, Paradise, Siyahlala-la, Section 3 and Section 5 underwater.

“At least two houses were destroyed by flood waters in Madadeni,” he added.

In response to the dire water situation, the Disaster Management Team formulated and acted upon a contingency plan.

Numerous shelters were set up across the Newcastle area.

These included the Fairleigh Community Hall, the Farmers Hall, the Madadeni Community Hall, the oSizweni Community Hall and eMzamo High School.

Relief material was set to be distributed.

Things took a turn for the dramatic early on Wednesday morning, when a family was stranded within their home on the corner of Sutherland and Jenkyn streets.

It was then the gravity of the flood was truly realised.

SAPS divers, Two Eagles Security, municipal employees and responders from Newcastle 911 quickly sprang to action.

By means of a boat, the residents were brought to safety.

Read full story in the Newcastle Advertiser newspaper out every Thursday.

 

Must read stories on the site:

Remember to visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Add us on WhatsApp today! 082 874 5550

and BBM pin D1EF333B.

You can also email our offices on Reveshni Douglas at reveshni@caxton.co.za Quinton Boucher at newsun@caxton.co.za Bruce Douglas at Newed2@caxton.co.za Tersia Gopi at newed@caxton.co.za Zianne Leibrandt at ncschools@caxton.co.za Payal Devisingh at newsun@dbn.caxton.co.za

  AUTHOR
Bruce Douglas
Journalist

find your
dream home

looking for an
affordable
apartment

List your Property

It's easy in only three
simple steps...

find professional
services in
your area

Locate a business
operating in
your area

List your Business

Want more customers? They're online right now, searching for businesses like yours. Place your ad now...

Latest News

COMMENTS

newcastlesuneyethuagriecogetitlooklocal.co.zaAutodealer.co.za
Top
Recommended Story
Hawks infiltrate Newcastle based drug syndicate

Thanx for your referral. We have no doubt your friends will love our newsletter as much as you!

Don't forget to verify your email.

SUBSCRIBE
to our free NEWSLETTER
!
SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter.




SELECT your titles:

Estcourt News
Ladysmith Gazette
Newcastle Advertiser
Northern Natal Courier
Vryheid Herald


Your details:


Your friends:

I didn't sign up for this
I'd like to see and read more... (Please indicate in comments section below)
I'm relocating (Please indicate where to)
Other