Heavy rains since Tuesday have resulted in floods in Modimolle and in particular Phagameng township in the Modimolle-Mookgophong Municipality causing extensive damage to houses and streets.
Marlene van Staden, Mayor of Modimolle-Mookgophong Municipality said that on Tuesday 42 mm was recorded in Modimolle and that a heavy downpour recorded another 65 to 100 mm from 13:00 to 14:30 on Wednesday.
“We are currently assessing the damage and it appears that 80% of the roads and many houses in Phagameng are damaged. The paving of more than 50% of the streets in Phagameng was swept away and the streets that are inaccessible, are currently being cordoned off. The municipality is assisting residents with blankets and food parcels and we assist with clean-up operations,” Van Staden said.
According to Van Staden, officials of the Provincial Disaster Management Unit, Waterberg District Municipality and the South African Social Security Agency are also assisting.
Van Staden confirmed that rain and wind had caused damage to the electrical lines in and around Mookgophong as well and that it had resulted in water shortages.
In Polokwane trees in the settlement at the Doornkraal Feesterrein were damaged by rain and wind and residents were busy removing broken branches on Wednesday.
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