The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has activated a Joint Operations Centre after heavy rains started lashing Port Elizabeth and other parts of the Eastern Cape coast. Heavy rain is predicted for the next two days between Storms River and Port St Johns on the Wild Coast.
Metro spokesperson Kupido Baron says the R75 to Uitenhage and the left lane of the M4 freeway are closed while parts of Beach Road are flooded. Other affected roads include R330 towards Blue Horizon Bay, Kous Corner, Seaview Road and the Third Avenue Dip.
Disaster management officials are assessing low-lying areas to determine if intervention is required. They were up all night monitoring roads around the Nelson Mandela Bay. At least two vehicles have been washed away by water.
Marius Minnie who is a tow company employee says, “We are busy taking out one vehicle, the other one is already out and the water is too strong. It is lying underneath the water upside down. We are waiting for our big truck.”
Meanwhile, police divers are trying to rescue the occupants whose vehicles were washed away by a raging current of an overflowing river on the N2 between King William’s Town and Peddie in the Eastern Cape. It is not clear how many vehicles were affected due to bad light.
Arrive Alive spokesperson Tsepo Machaea says traffic is now being diverted to the R72 road via Port Alfred to Port Elizabeth. The rain has also plunged many parts of Uitenhage into darkness overnight.