Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Buffels River bursts its banks

By Ilhaam Hoosain
25 December 2007

The Buffels River at Laingsburg has burst its banks after heavy thunderstorms in parts of the Western Cape Karoo on Monday night.

Floodwaters rose over the N1 bridge, which had to be closed for short periods during the night, according to an SABC report.

The river's heavy flow has since subsided, but it is still raining steadily at Laingsburg.

Police said there were no immediate reports of damage, injuries or fatalities.

Laingsburg was devastated by floods on 25 January 1981, when the Buffels River also burst its banks. Over a hundred people lost their lives and only 21 houses were left standing in the town.

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