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Cloudburst floods city

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No serious injuries were reported during the “freak rainstorm” which he added was “not a normal occurrence”

CLOSED: The Hull Street subway was closed after yesterday afternoons storm. Picture: Soraya Crowie

A SUDDEN, heavy cloudburst erupted over Kimberley yesterday afternoon, leaving several homes, shops and vehicles flooded.

Heavy rain was reported throughout Kimberley, after the storm struck at about 4pm yesterday afternoon. Up to 40 millimetres of rain was measured during the storm, which lasted for about 45 minutes.

At the North Cape Mall several shops on the outside of the main building were flooded, forcing employees at Clicks, Nedbank, Luggage and Leather, Dial-a-Bed and Tekkie Town, among others, to push the water out with brooms and mops. Some shops were ankle deep in the water.

Subways across the city were also flooded.

Heavy flooding also resulted in vehicles coming to a standstill in several roads, including Memorial, Oliver, Barkly and Impala Road.

At the Big Hole Protea Hotel water poured into the windows of several vehicles, resulting in severe traffic disruptions as residents tried to get home after work.

Shacks at several informal settlements throughout the city were flooded, leaving residents removing water from their homes with buckets.

According to Sol Plaatje Municipal spokesperson, Sello Matsie, no serious injuries were reported during the “freak rainstorm” which he added was “not a normal occurrence” – with above average rain measured during the cloudburst and placing the city’s infrastructure under pressure.

Local emergency services also confirmed that no serious injuries or loss of life were reported during the storm.