DRAMA IN KNYSNA: FLASH FLOOD HITS KNYSNA

Residents are desperately trying to mop the last bit of water out of their homes after last night’s flash flood. More than 90mm of rain fell in Knysna and Sedgefield in a short period of time. The heavy rain started shortly before midnight on Tuesday night (June,7) and lasted into Wednesday morning (June 8). 

The heavy rain created chaos in Knysna and businesses had to close their doors for business for the day and possibly the week. In Woodmill Lane, shops that were flooded in the 2007 flood, were flooded again.

The Popular take away outlet, KFC in Knysna’s Main Road, suffered terrible damage. Workers at this franchise arrived this morning only to find that their workplace has been replaced by a strong current of water flowing through the entire building. A strong stream of water came in from the back of the building, swept through the building and came out underneath the front door. The stream wiped away furniture inside.

Most streets were inaccessible on Wednesday morning and municipal workers had to pump out most of the water. Streets worst affected was Wilson Street, Vigilance Drive, George Rex Drive, Gordon Street, Trotter Street, Tide Street among others.

In Sedgefield, the damage was considerably less and the fire department started pumping out water from streets in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Southern Cape, the effects of the rain are still lasting, leading to evacuations in the Great Brak and Klein Brak area, after the river burst its banks this afternoon. Residents in low lying areas were ordered to evacuate their homes immediately. 

In Mosselbay, some motorists were trapped in their cars in the flood and the flood swept a woman with a small Morris car off the road. Residents are beginning to mop up, but the weather buro warns that more rain is on the way, but possibly less.

“Queen Street is a river- I can’t get to work” one reader reported. Several cars also broke down due to the water’s height. 

TROTTER STREET- Photo: Duval Burger
ROADWAYS BLOCKED- Photo: Michelle Wesdorp

CNR. WATERFRONT & TIDE- Photo: Simone Stanley
KNYSNA KFC BUILDING- Photo: Manny Cameron-Short
GEORGE REX DRIVE- Photo: Manny Cameron-Short
GORDON STREET, KNYSNA Photo: Sharon Dreyer
WATERFRONT DRIVE, KNYSNA Photo: David Katz
A CAR CONQUERING THE ROADS- Photo: Nicolene Smith
KNYSNA MUNICIPALITY- Photo: Mark Crause
ROADS INACCESSIBLE- Photo: Shandin Thompson
FLOODED ROADS- Photo: Shandin Thompson
GEORGE REX DRIVE- Photo: Shandin Thompson
ON THE WAY TO REXFORD- Photo: Shandin Thompson
DRIVE WAY FLOOD- Photo: Isabel Coleman
KNYSNA MAIN ROAD: Photo: Mark Crause
MUNICIPALITY- Photo: Mark Crause
Queen Street Doctors- Photo: Mark Crause
Green Street- Photo: Mark Crause
Queen Street Knysna- Photo: Mark Crause
DIK KOP STREET, KNYSNA- Photo:Yolande Steyn
GEORGE REX DRIVE- Photo: Ludwig Cowley
GEORGE REX- Photo:Manny Cameron- Short
GEORGE REX- Photo:Manny Cameron- Short
GEORGE REX- Photo:Manny Cameron- Short
WILSON STREET- PHOTO: Ludwig Cowley
WILSON STREET- PHOTO: Ludwig Cowley
WATER STREAMING DOWN THE ROAD- Photo: Pierre Opperman
KNYSNA FLOOD- RIANDA SMITH
GORDON ROAD CLOSED- Photo: Johnny V.
ROAD TO SIMOLA IN PIECES- Photo: Johnny V.
SEDGEFIELD CBD FLOODED
WILDERNESS
KAAIMANS PASS
GARDEN ROUTE MALL PARKING
IN GEORGE
GEORGE GOLF COURSE
DE DEKKE GEORGE Photo: Gida De Swardt
DE DEKKE GEORGE Photo: Gida De Swardt
HEDGE STREET, KNYSNA Photo: Duval Burger
HEDGE STREET, KNYSNA Photo: Duval Burger
HEDGE STREET, KNYSNA Photo: Duval Burger
The residents couldn’t get out of their house- Knysna- Photo: Isabel Coleman
Knysna Main Road Flood at night- Photo: Mark Crause
Knysna Main Road Flood at night- Photo: Mark Crause
Knysna Main Road Flood at night- Photo: Mark Crause
WATER STREAMING OUT OF KNYSNA’S KFC- Photo: Manny Cameron-Short
SUMMERPLACE, KNYSNA- Photo: Heidi Cronje
SUMMERPLACE, KNYSNA- Photo: Heidi Cronje
SUMMERPLACE, KNYSNA- Photo: Heidi Cronje
Hope Street, George
Roosemore, George
York Street Circle, George
Fancourt Bridge
Hope Street, George
Heather Park, George

Photos with thanks to our wonderful readers!

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  1. Anonymous Reply

    Hi thanks for the pics, I’m from Sedge but living in the UK. Very worrying to hear about the floods. So sad about all the damage. Vasbyt!!

  2. Deidre Ferreira Reply

    Thanks Eon. We can always rely on you!!!

  3. Anonymous Reply

    any one know if this affected our dams?????

  4. Anonymous Reply

    Good report thanks!

  5. Anonymous Reply

    Thanks for the information and updates. Good luck to all in Knysna.
    (From Knysna frequent visitor)

  6. Anonymous Reply

    Thanks for the information and updates. Good luck to all in Knysna.
    (From a Knysna frequent visitor)

  7. Shaun Pasio Reply

    Thanks for the pictures… kinda hard to see the damage from Australia, but keep the info and pictures coming!

  8. Anonymous Reply

    well!!! that flood is by far the worst i’ve seen for knysna…i am a knysnan living in holland….thank you for the pics…i will definitely be visiting your site every day now…as you really seem to be on the ball. to all knysnans who have been affected negatively by this flood, i sure hope the waters subside relatively quickly. all the best with LOOK FOR IT!

  9. Anonymous Reply

    nice thanks …
    Will keep checking in for updates

  10. Suzi Pires Reply

    Amazing pictures … feel sorry for those right in the middle of it, hey!! Good work Eon – you produce a really lovely little news-packed paper!! Suzi Pires

  11. Shandin Thompson Reply

    Great pics buddy… good to have someone on the ball these days!

  12. Look for it Knysna Reply

    I wish I took these brilliant photos, but they’re the work of my amazing readers.

  13. Lisa Reply

    Well done Eon! Thank you for keeping us up to date. Keep up the good work.

  14. Anonymous Reply

    Awesome pics! Well done Eon!

  15. Look for it Knysna Reply

    thank you- we beat them by far :) Look for it was the first paper in the entire area to report the flood. I’m super proud! -Eon

  16. Anonymous Reply

    Hey Eon – well done I think you pipped Knysna Plett Herald on this one!

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