Flooding in Somerset West
The flooded N2 just outside Somerset West was a veritable river on the evening of 15 November, 2013.

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  1. I doubt if you can! Your local council should have this information – or an environmental organisation.

  2. Where can one get flood line information online?

  3. Wendy the local authorities keep allowing building within flood lines, and as far as I know it is only bylaws that prohibit it… so if they decide you can, who is held accountable? As far as insurance is concerned, all you can do is read the fine print. Usually an act of God will NOT be covered – and that would apply to floods. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

  4. Hi there. I wonder if anyone can help me. Is it legal to build in the 100 year flood line, I know that it is not allowed in the 50 year flood line. And if you can please refer me to any regulation / legislation / advisory body / act – anything that has this in writing & not only as an informal “advice”. Secondly if you go against “wise advise” and do build within the 100 year flood line anyway … is this covered by normal home insurance? Thank you so much!

  5. And unfortunately, this will increase the risk of flooding as well as the speed of the water, which will increase the amount of damage downstream. And at present developers / planners can do just about anything upstream without being held accountable for the downstream effects they create.

  6. Great article

  7. Thanks for the update John. I did realize that this was a draft document of sorts, but referred to it as it is evidence of concern that there has, for some time, been a disaster just waiting to happen. Please update us regarding action that hopefully will be forthcoming, if only after this devastating event.

  8. John Kleyn says:

    Hello, I just want to inform all that the disaster plan referred to Disaster Risk Management, Flooding was a draft document prepared by Neighbourhood Watch. This document was a draft submitted to Disaster Management to ensure proper procedure and cooperation was put in place. The evacuation of the citizens was primary for us and we identified the Vergelegen Hospital as a probable flooding area prior to the first flood. We were hesitant to publish any such information as we had no Engineers report or had any insight into risk areas from City Engineers. I am afraid that our fears unfortunately came true and some Neighbourhood Watchers worked for 40 hours nonstop to evacuate, transport and fill sand bags to assist in the flooded areas. In the plan you will see very little data for the Bizwene area as we have hardly any Neighbourhood Watch in that area and no historic data was available to us. (This is by the residences own choice.) The town rallied to assist and we thank each volunteer for their tremendous effort. The hospital was evacuated by paramedics, Vergelegen staff and Neighbourhood Watchers. Other areas in our town that were effected was Sir Lowry’s Pass, Faure, Bizweni, Bridge Water, van der Stel, HHH School, Hillcrest and many more. Thank you for publishing this article and we trust this will assist in getting a proper plan in place.

  9. My sympathies are with you John. I don’t think much water followed the expected flow routes – either from the Lourens River or the storm water drains! Too many people affected.

  10. Our old home in Jubilee Cres experienced serious flooding due to the amount of water that flowed from Main Road down Coronation and into Jubilee. Due to the angle of the road the flood water does not follow the kerb edge instead bouncing off it half way along the road and straight down our driveway and through the house and garage. The flow continued for more than an hour and our home was flooded in over 15cm of water
    . The engineers will have to adress this road and drainage problem as well

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  12. Chris we have been told (unofficially) by Council employees that the storm water drains where we live are totally inadequate – largely because of a very big upmarket housing development in Lourens Road (upstream from where the river of the same name broke its bank in August and again on Friday night), that increased the number of inhabitants in the area dramatically. Their stormwater floods down towards us and every time there is a heavy rain, houses in our area (which is about 1 km from this development) are flooded. The same applies to the sewerage system, but that is currently being upgraded because of health issues.

  13. Judy Craxton says:

    Unfortunately, it seems to me that the only solution to the problems that have been created by the failure of various Councils over the years, to curb building within the 100yr flood plain, is going to be the canalize all the rivers and streams.

  14. Renetha Ambrose says:

    Never thought about it like this. Very informative and interesting. Thanx for sharing. Will you please forward it to my email address? Many thanx.

  15. Chris Pattison says:

    Quite correctly, one should never build in a flood plain. Of course, there will always be the exceptional circumstances. The flooding in Brisbane, Australia showed that up. Unfortunately, the pressure of population and property prices will always tempt people to build on flat (flood prone) areas. However, building public facilities on flood prone areas is criminal. These are meant to be havens of refuge.

    Also, storm water drains may be quite adequate, but their design usually does not take into account the effect of rubbish floating into the drain and so clogging it up.