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Weekend thunderstorm damage dealt with by George Municipality

Jan 23, 2018
Weekend thunderstorm damage dealt with by George Municipality

The George Municipality had its hands full during the heavy weather experienced over the past weekend and with the after effects of the storm.

According to Kobus Wilken, Acting Director: Electrotechnical Services at the George Municipality, lightning damaged a pole structure on the 66kV powerline between Langenhoven Street and the Substation George. 

"Two faulty transformers were also damaged in Wilderness Heights and Hoekwil areas and were replaced. A damaged cable fault was repaired in Denneoord as well as damaged power lines in Norgarivier, De Rust and Tarentaalbos," said Municipal Spokesperson, Debra Sauer.

"In Fernridge, two electrical poles were struck by lightning and were replaced, as well as cable faults that were repaired in Mission, Poplar and Kerk Streets in Pacaltsdorp.

"Some streetlights fused due to the lightning. Our teams are currently busy checking streetlights throughout town and replacing where necessary."

She said that the lights are switched on during the day as they move from area to area to check the lights.

"We thank the public for their patience and to please report any problems to the Electrotechnical Directorate on 044 801 9222/044 803 9222," Sauer added.

"You may also log your complaint on the George Municipal app at george.comunity.me. Walter Hendricks, Director: Community Services, confirmed that his directorate had to remove loose branches due to the heavy weather conditions."

She said that because of the heavy rains in George over the weekend, a number of informal structures roofs experienced leaking and our Human Settlements Directorate had to provide families with Micron plastic (gunplast) to rectify their roofs.

"Micron plastic was provided to a total of 366 informal structures throughout the informal areas of George including Ballotsview, Parkdene,  Conville, Borchards, Syferfontein, Rosedale, Thembalethu, Rosemoor, Touwsranten, Blanco, Maraiskamp and Pacaltsdorp," Sauer described.

"In Parkdene a family was provided with an emergency housing structure and another with a new roof after homes were flooded."