We woke on Wednesday morning to the sound of rain – not a very common happening here, but a very welcome sound.
The most rain we have had so far this rainy season has been 18mm in one go, with insufficient drainage and being so flat major puddles form all across town.
The rain kept on falling and the collection of water in our rain gauge was moving up. Then came a storm with lightening and thunder – this passed, but the rain didn’t. The rain gauge was now measuring 80mm.
We headed out to see what was happening in town, only to find most of it was under water, homes and shops had been flooded, drains couldn’t cope with all the water and basically Letlhakane looked like it was in a middle of a lake. Of course we had to have some fun in the water.
The Letlhakane River which passes through the town has been described as a fossil river bed because it hasn’t flowed for so long. We know it as a dry river bed, over grown with vegetation but now it was in flood.
Speaking to a friend who grew up here (roughly 30 years old). He said he has never seen the river flowing and can’t remember his parents or anybody else saying that they had ever known the river to have flowed.
In total a 100mm rained that morning.
See https://ourbots.wordpress.com/photos-2/letlhakane-floods/for more pictures.