Floods and damage amid heavy downpours

02 March 2020 | Weather

Heavy downpours were experienced across the country over the weekend, causing major flooding and damage at some places.

Some towns recorded more than 80 millimetres of rain on Friday and Saturday, while heavy rains in Windhoek resulted in road damage as well as houses and local business experiencing flooding.

Flash floods throughout the weekend also resulted in Windhoek roads being flooded, resulting in several road closures.

The underground parking area at the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek was also completely flooded over the weekend, while hardware stores were inundated with people buying roof repair and waterproofing products for their homes.

According to some of the rainfall figures reported on the Reën in Namibia Facebook page, suburbs in Windhoek on Friday recorded heavy rainfall. In Pioneers Park 60mm was reported, Klein Windhoek received 50mm, Hochland Park 50mm, Cimbebasia 55mm, Eros 59mm and Windhoek West 60mm.

Okahandja recorded 50mm, while Omaruru reported 57mm and Okakarara 57mm. Farm Kismet in the Summerdown area recorded 90mm.

On Saturday 90mm was reported at Tsumeb, Farm Ludwinghafen in the area of Tsumeb reported 84mm and Grootfontein had 70mm of rain.

The Sandveld Game Ranch, located 120km east of Grootfontein, had 60mm of rain, while Katima Mulilo reported 75mm.

Meanwhile, due to the rapid increase in level of the Von Bach Dam, there was ongoing reports that the sluices would be opened over the weekend.

There were also warnings that people along the Swakop River should be careful. By yesterday the level of the Von Bach Dam stood at 98.5% and the sluices had not been opened.

According to the agriculture ministry the level of the Neckartal Dam on Saturday stood at 5.24%, which is 44.9 million cubic metres of water. The dam will be officially handed over to NamWater this month.



ELLANIE SMIT

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