Ricochet News

Third Avenue dip area to be closed as persistent rain predicted: Metro

Aug 16, 2017
Third Avenue dip area to be closed as persistent rain predicted: Metro

The dip area of Third Avenue, Newton Park, Port Elizabeth, will be closed from 19:00 on Wednesday night until it is deemed safe on Thursday as a precautionary measure following predictions of localised flooding overnight by the South African Weather Services, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality advised residents.

Road users are advised to use alternative routes and to exercise the necessary care in all low lying areas and to avoid flooded roads.

"Although no plans are afoot to establish a Joint Operations Centre until further notice, emergency services will be on high alert. A team from our Parks Department will also be on standby to deal with emergencies emanating from fallen trees due the envisaged wind, rain and the saturated soil," described municipal communications officer, Kupido Baron.

"We are especially concerned about the Brittle Blue Gum trees and the old Pine trees in the Walmer area, Cape Road and Kragga Kamma.

"Residents in lower lying areas and informal settlements are encouraged to place their items out of harm’s way as Disaster Management has limited resources."

Baron said, in cases of emergencies, residents are to contact the municipality at 041 585 1555 or 0800 20 50 50.

Image credit: http://thecasualobserver.co.za