1968/2012…When the rains came!


Thanks to my long time friend Hugh(Jock) Austin for sending me these iconic images of the 1968 floods in Port Elizabeth. He and I were in Std 8 at Pearson High when this occurred
The flood is one of my most vivid memories. And mainly because we lived on the “right side” of the decimation that the water caused…meaning I had to go to school!
My friends who lived to the left of this image were cut off and were able to stay at home
The life guard tower that stood the force of the water and survived
This image reminds me of the floods in Japan
Top end of Albany Road.People were drowned here when they were swept under cars by the force of the water.

Looking like the aftermath of bomb blast.This is the bottom of Albany Road

The Palm Grove Hotel in this picture is no longer there

The Shark River, which for years had only been a trickle in a gutter certainly showed its force and turned Happy Valley into a very Unhappy wetland
The Palm Grove Hotel with Brook’s Hill caravan park behind it.

The front page of the local newspaper!FAST FORWARD TO 2012…

And now history repeats itself…

These images, also supplied by Jock, are from October, 2012!

This fellow was obviously hungry enough to wade over to try the special…

PE folk are really friendly

The sign is an exclamation mark and says it all…
My thoughts are with all those who were injured or suffered a loss of any kind.
In October 1968 PE had 1032.6mm of rain, during the rest of the year only 36.4mm fell!
To date, October 2012 has produced 985.4mm…is PE headed for another record(not one that they want)
I hope that the municipality will now stop wasting money on parties etc and learn from this lesson.
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