The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will be establishing a Joint Operations Centre (JOC) from 3:00 pm this afternoon following a warning by the South African Weather Service of persistent rain this afternoon and tomorrow.
Even though approximately 60mm of rain is expected today and tomorrow, the JOC – consisting of Disaster Management, Fire and Emergency, South African Police Services (SAPS), Infrastructure and Engineering, Human Settlements and Communications – will be on alert. Due to saturated soil conditions even low rainfall could lead to flash floods.
Recent flash floods resulted in the distribution of thousands of blankets, mattresses and other relief supplies. We would therefore like to appeal to residents in lower lying areas and areas prone to flooding to keep these supplies dry for use if the need arise to relocate them to Community Halls. This will also enable the municipality to prioritize individuals or families who are in desperate need of help.
Motorists are requested to keep safe following distances and adhere to the rules of the road as treacherous conditions could lead to an increase in accidents.
Residents can contact 0800 20 50 50 for assistance and in life threatening situations please contact 041 585 1555.
Related: PE Weather Forecast.