“Storm caused enormous havoc” – Msunduzi responds to crippling blackouts


The Northdale Primary Substation recently exploded after a storm.

Msunduzi Municipality released a statement on Thursday’s storm late Friday evening.

“On December 30, 2021, a strong storm consisting of heavy rains and a hailstorm ravaged most of the neighborhoods under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Msunduzi. Heavy rains caused flooding in various neighborhoods, uprooting trees, water overflowing low-lying bridges. .

“The storm caused enormous damage, damaging homes, vehicles, carports, windows and infrastructure. A number of injured were also reported in various departments; four people were hospitalized.

“The emergency control center immediately activated the various services, including disaster management, traffic services, firefighters, municipal security, parks and recreation, drainage. Disaster management teams began with clean-ups in various areas to assess damage and provide necessary relief. . A report of around 200 houses damaged in areas such as Mpumuza, KwaPata, Ashdown, Imbali, Bisley and Sobantu and people were left in destitution. The municipality is monitoring the situation closely and stakeholders are committed to providing the necessary support to those affected. “

Regarding the power outages, the City said: “The municipality has received a number of complaints about power outages and the electricity department has dealt with these complaints. Other complaints regarding street water and storm water have also been received and are being addressed.


“The major storms that hit December 15, 22 and 30, 2021, resulted in new outages and recurring blackouts. Continuous rains in between affected repair and restoration works. Electricity crews respond to infrastructure damage resulting from the impact. storm surge and activities include troubleshooting and locating, switching operations, cable fault repairs, pole replacements, transformer replacements, overhead cable replacements, and reconnection, cutting and resurfacing. removal of fallen trees on the electrical infrastructure.

“The following incidents were reported as a result of the recent storm and are being addressed: Primary Retief at Chatterton / Hyslop – 11KV Device affecting Pursuit Valley, Montrose, parts of Wembley, Old Howick Road. Bombay EPS – Displacement MV affecting Site 11, Woodlands, part of Northdale and surrounding areas, Yarborough / Balhambra Estate – Circuit 11 KV affecting parts of Mkhondeni, Yarborough Road and surrounding areas. A suspected trip to Northdale in Khan / Zubeda affecting parts of Raisethorpe, Allandale, Dunveria and Belfort. “


The city said household waste collection could be delayed due to damaged roads that collection trucks cannot cross during the storm.

“The England Road Landfill site has put a strain on the access roads that require urgent rehabilitation, so that vehicles can access the working phase of the cells. The waste accumulated as a result of the storm is being evacuated to ensure that no litter is displaced in the sewers.

“Regarding the CBD regeneration campaign, the municipality received around 150 EPWP workers from the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) and 1,000 EPWP workers from the Municipal Infrastructure Support Officer (MISA The teams will help in terms of implementing the plan to tackle the illegal dumping and waste scattered around the city in the aftermath of the storm.The teams will resume their duties by Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

“The support received from MISA further includes the tools of the trade to also help clean up the blocked drainage system in the city and town areas affected by the storm.”


Regarding reports of blocked drains in the CBD, Old Greytown Road, Bombay Road and Zwartkop / Stott Road, the city said the drainage service is dealing with it.

“The municipality faces a challenge with blocked drains following illegal dumping. The large amounts of waste that accumulates in storm water courses impede the free flow of storm water. The municipality calls on members of the public to ensure that waste is dumped responsibly in the trash and not on the street. “


“Reports of broken water pipes have also been received from areas such as Lincoln Meade, Ashdown, Lynnfield Park, Willow Fountain, Copesville, Eastwood and Fairmead and are being followed.

“Disaster management teams are always on the ground to assess damage and implement interventions to help affected families. The municipality urges residents to exercise extreme caution and those who experience weather-related incidents to report these incidents to their Neighborhood Councilors or to the Emergency Control Center at 0333923725/0333922924/0333922504. “


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