Slip sliding away - way, way worse than expected!
Clever gym people decided to hold xmas party in Hout Bay on Friday night. By that stage the rain had set in as predicted and the volume grew as the night wore on and as we headed for the car at 12ish we had to wade to the car in kneedeep water. But that was just a minor hint of what was to come. The drains were just not handling the volume and as much as we cleaned the drains at home, the whole lot just flooded through the night.
In the ensuing hours the water soaked mountain suddenly decided enough was enough, and let go a whole bunch of mudslides as a large portion of the mountain ended up on Chapmans peak drive, forcing the evacuation of NO1 Chapmans Peak and the flooding of Flora Bay. A brief jog up the hill trying not to get swallowed by the mud opened a panorama of unbelievable destruction. At least 12 to 15 mudslides had let go and battered the above mentioned flats before heading down the hill and ending up in the road at the bottom of the peak next to the carpak. Devastation was enormous, the sheer power of the water beggared belief and the pictures really tell the story. My heartfelt wishes go out to all those who were effected and had to get out of Dodge as it were, and who on earth was in the bakkie when it got gang tackled by half the mountain? Bakoven road also partially collapsed and someones front lawn turned into a virtual waterfall. Naturally those this side of the mountain failed to make Red Hill on Sunday due to road closures and generalised mayhem….
A view of the mudslides and their position
Disaster management having a look at the damage via helicopter
The start of the clean-up opposite Flora Bay Resort
Fine place to take the kid for a walk
Flora Bay half way between clean up
One of the mudslide paths
and the dramatic effect of what mud and water can do.
That’s part of the side wall there in the middle of the road….and just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…
and No 1 Chapmans Peak takes a direct hit
Not quite summer?