Evacuations begin as heavy rain hits Nelson Mandela Bay

Vehicle stranded in flood waters on the side of the N2 following heavy rains since this afternoon. The road has subsequently been closed to traffic from Jeffreys Bay between the Van Stadens and St Albans offramps. Pic supplied.

Evacuations of low lying informal settlements are underway as heavy rains hit Nelson Mandela Bay this evening.

Disaster Management have opened the operations centre in South End and have confirmed that they are busy evacuating people from Fitchetts Corner, Moeggesukkel and Solomon Mahlangu informal settlements after heavy downpours that have hit the Bay since this afternoon.

Reports indicate that Despatch and Uitenhage have apparently been the worst hit by heavy rains, so far, with heavy downpours expected to hit Port Elizabeth by around 11pm this evening.

The operations centre also confirmed that the R75 heading into Uitenhage opposite Volkswagen was currently closed to traffic heading to Uitenhage from Port Elizabeth, due to a mud slide. The road is still apparently open to traffic heading in the opposite direction.

Police spokesman, Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg, has also confirmed that the N2 between the Van Stadens and St Albans turn offs has been closed for people heading from Jeffreys Bay to Port Elizabeth due to localised flooding in the area.

“For now the road is still open for people travelling in the opposite direction, but we are urging drivers to exercise extreme caution due to the heavy rain we are currently experiencing,” she said.

Janse van Rensburg said there had been numerous reports of flooding and urged drivers to exercise extreme caution and avoid flooded roads.