UPDATE: PORT ALFRED. Sunday, 21st OCTOBER, 2014: NSRI CONTINUE THROUGHOUT WEEKEND TO ASSIST IN FLOODING:
NSRI Port Alfred have continued throughout the weekend to assist the Municipality, Traffic Services, Police and the Emergency Services in the devastating flooding that occurred as a result of the heavy rainfalls.
On numerous occasions NSRI have been called to rescue people and animals trapped by flood waters in homes and in areas of Port Alfred.
On Sunday, 21st October, a call went out to NSRI Port Alfred volunteers requesting crew with strong backs and spades to assist the Municipality to temporarily rebuild a road and bridge. Most of Sunday 21st our NSRI volunteers assisted the Municipality to rebuild the road and bridge that collapsed in the floods. The road, Freshwater Road, is the only access road to a suburb in Port Alfred.
Sandbags were filled and deployed to make the road passable until it can be properly repaired.
PORT ALFRED – Thursday, 18th October, 2012. Assistance during flooding:
Heavy rain has fallen over night particularly causing flooding of rivers in the Ndlambe area. At 02h00 on Thursday, 18th October NSRI Port Alfred duty crew were activated following reports of people trapped by flood water at Meadowlina Caravan Park, Port Alfred said Juan Pretorius, NSRI Port Alfred station commander.
Municipal workers were found to be cutting up a tree that had fallen across a road, Traffic Services were assisting to divert traffic through flooded streets and Multi-Security, a local response security firm, were assisting.
Our NSRI volunteers responded by road, negotiating flooded streets and debris on roads, to find a husband and wife and their cat, all originally from Johannesburg, trapped in their caravan by flood waters surrounding their caravan.
The wife was carried out secured into a stokes basket stretcher by our NSRI volunteers, the cat was carried out and the husband helped through the chest deep water that surrounded their caravan. All were safely taken to residence on higher ground.
We then responded to nearby Shielan House, a guest lodge, where the owners, a husband and wife, their two dogs and a lodger from Cape Town were trapped by flood waters. A river of water was found to be raging through their house and their vehicle had been washed away.
While approaching the house across the flooded garden no sense could be made of the terrain and one of our NSRI volunteers unknowingly, while walking across the yard, walked into the swimming pool and he briefly disappeared but very soon managed to get himself out of the pool.
At the guest lodge we brought everyone and the dogs to safety and to residence on higher ground. Their vehicle was also brought to safety.
Then the owners of the Meadowlina Caravan Park themselves requested assistance after their residence caused their vehicle and house to be swamped. NSRI towed their vehicle out of flood waters and the husband and wife, their cat and a friend were assisted to residence on higher ground.
At 06h45, we were activated to assist at the harbour where the Marina Dredger had come loose from anchor and secured only by one line, and already adrift in the flooded river mouth, was at risk of being swept out to sea and lost if the one line had failed, our NSRI volunteers, assisted by The Marina Dredging staff, secured lines to the dredger and using only manpower pulled her out of the critical flow of flood water and into an Eddy where it was secured and taken out of harms way.
Then between 6 and 7 whole jetties were found to be floating down the Kowie River causing damage to other jetties, boats and walkways, and we launched our sea rescue craft Kowie Rescuer and sailed up river securing jetties to the bank in an effort to prevent them suffering the same fate and causing more damage.
Numerous boaters and boat owners, residents along the river bank have been assisted and advised by our NSRI volunteers in efforts to secure properties and assets and the situation continues to be monitored.
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