Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Standing Committee Chairperson for Safety and Security Thembinkosi Mafana issued a stern warning that motorists will be arrested if they vandalize or remove road signs intended to protect the public from harm during flooding.
The South African Weather Service issued a warning that flooding will occur in Nelson Mandela Bay due to moderate to heavy downpours expected from now until tomorrow morning (Wednesday, 1 October) around 3am.
“Our locks were cut in the dip area of Third Avenue, Newton Park yesterday afternoon at both the boom gates. The barriers in Main Road, Kleinskool in the vicinity of the Govan Mbeki Fire Station were also moved on several occasions but our officials went back to replace it.
“These two roads are still closed at this time and we request motorists not to use it even if the barriers are not in place until our officials advise them otherwise. The barriers are in place to avoid damage or loss to property and to avoid accidents.
“A Joint Operation Centre is now in place after we received a warning from the Weather Office and our team continue to monitor the weather conditions.
“Our Disaster Management Officials are currently on standby as water levels are rising to assist communities in need of relocation to the nearest government or private facilities,” Mafana added.
A case of damage to property will be laid at the nearest police station by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Safety and Security Directorate.
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