Montagu Flood 2014

Update:  9 January 
A little rain fell last night, all roads are open and the level at the drift is much lower today.  The worst seems to have come and gone!
Looking at the weather report for Laingsburg, there is a little more rain to come but nothing that should cause any problems.

Update:  8 January
There was a big storm thunderstorm (with lightning) over Montagu last night with a 100mm of rain fall being recorded nearby! The river has come up since higher since subsiding yesterday.  The Keisie river is higher (and wider) than yesterday. The drift to Montagu West (De Bos side is closed again) and the R62 remains open.

The Buffels, Wilgenhout and Baviaans rivers in the Laingsburg area flooded.


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Montagu Flood 2014

Looking down river from the bridge going over to Montagu West!

Montagu Flood 2014

The low level drift into Montagu West flooded over again.

—————- Update:  7 January 12:30 The digger cleared most of the pipes under the drift and I estimate that within 30 minutes you will be able to drive through to Montagu West (over the drift – in the pictures). —————– After a fair amount of rain last night (particularly in the Laingsburg area) the rivers of Montagu came down in flood.  The water level is dropping and the main road (the R62) is open. Considering the high level of the water, a lot of rain must have fallen as it normally takes about 3 days of rain to reach this level of flooding.

Montagu Flood 2014

The drift going into Montagu West flooded over.

Montagu Flood 2014

The Keisie River flowing through the Montagu Mountain Reserve.


Montagu Flood 2014

The March 2003 high level mark can be seen on the left of the two Palm Trees.



5 Responses to Montagu Flood 2014

  1. jacques Jan 7, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    Thar she blows……. sorry about the WW base, I guess its gone now…

  2. Justin Lawson Jan 7, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    Yeah, but I’m expecting the sandbags to still be there 🙂
    We’ll dig another channel and the water should re-direct (my optimistic thinking anyway 🙂

  3. Phlip Jan 7, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    :-O and there goes the pretty (sharp) sign that is costing climbers R8 more to enter badkloof.

  4. Ollie Prentice Jan 8, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Thanks for posting these great photo’s of the flooded river.
    Is there a reliable source in Montagu itself for rainfall records?
    What amount of rainfall fell in the source areas of the Montagu rivers?
    Are there also comparative rainfall figures over the past (however many…!!) years
    which helps one to see some sort of pattern in rainfall in this region?

    Would make an interesting study for many in this area, esp as the plans are finalised for the reconstruction of Cogman’skloof road…

  5. Justin Lawson Jan 8, 2014 at 9:38 pm #

    Hi Ollie,
    Pleasure, its the least I can do whilst trapped on my side of town 🙂

    Other than the average ( I am not aware of any.
    The water that fills the rivers here comes from up north (Laingsburg, Touwsriver, etc). Flash flooding is the order of the day. As mentioned above it usually takes 3 days for the amount of water that we received on the 7th (instead if all came down in one go!).

    Plans for the Cogmans Kloof road construction have been finalised… they’re just awaiting the funding (eta is late 2015).

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