FLOOD damage in one Port Alfred area hardest hit by a week of heavy rains is estimated to be more than R50-million alone. Still trapped under metres of water and raw sewage, residents of at least 30 houses and park homes in and around the award-winning Medolino Caravan Park have not even been able to properly count the costs as stretched municipal workers and volunteers rallied together to try to pump out a 500m-long by 5m deep lake in the area caused by the rain.
However after 24 hours of constant pumping, the water-level around Sally Greasley's submerged Hards Street house had dropped less than 100mm and residents are expecting a long wait before they can get in to properly assess the damage.
On Monday, Ndlambe mayor Sipho Thandani estimated the flood damage throughout the storm-battered municipal area from Alexandria through to Kenton-on-Sea, Port Alfred and beyond at well over R500-million – with the Medolino area the hardest hit.
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