Storm causes major damage

Power cables were also damaged during the storm. Photo: Supplied

A vicious storm that hit Pretoria late Saturday evening, caused major damage in several areas.

Trees were uprooted; power lines were damaged, resulting in blackouts in several parts; and many roads were blocked by fallen trees.

Laudium disaster management executive head Iberaheem Docarat said emergency services had been conducting clean-up operations since 03:00 on Sunday morning.

Docorat said although the storm only lasted 10 to 15 minutes, around 16 trees around the Laudium and Erasmia areas were reportedly uprooted.

“A house was flooded when its roof was blown off and we discovered that a 50th anniversary celebration ended rapidly when the entire tent was blown away,” he said.

DA ward 54 councillor Elmarie Linde said they received roughly 3 000 complaints from residents who were without electricity.

“Some residents’ electricity only came on on Monday.”

“This was a very unexpected storm. Luckily, technicians worked very hard to resolve the issue at hand.”

Linde thanked residents for their patience.

DA ward 1 councillor Elma Nel said the metro received just under 1 000 000 calls from all over Pretoria over the weekend.

“In our region entire areas were out (without electricity) and had to be prioritised,” she said.

Nel said technicians have been working non-stop to restore power and address other related issues.

“For those still without power, teams are continuing to push through until issues are resolved.”

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