Port Elizabeth Flood 1968

On 1 September 1968 Port Elizabeth experienced a massive downpour which resulted in the deaths of 5 people. 429mm Of rain fell in a single day and was the highest ever recorded in the region.

Jerry Schuitema compiled this video from 8mm footage shot 2 days after the storm. Please note that all rights are reserved on this video.

Jerry writes: “On Sunday morning, September the 1st, 1968, I was called by the SABC reporter on duty, Dave Gray, who said he could not make it to the office because the roads were flooded.

I was within walking distance and decided to stand in for him.

I will never forget that day. The few hundred meters to the news office on a hill in Cotswold was like walking through water. I had to cover my nose and mouth to breathe.”

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