25 January 1981 is recognised as one of the biggest natural disasters in South African History.
Laingsburg has become a Historical Landmark through the devastating flood of 25 Jan 1981, when 425mm of rain through two days cubed a blockage at the railway bridge which flooded ¾ of the town. Warning were not heeded or believed, the result of which that many people were trapped and forced to the roofs from where many were washed off into the raging river ending up in the Floriskraaldam 20km downstream. !2 Survivors lived and told their ordeal. At the height of the flood-18h00 the water pressure against the bridge was estimated at 8000 kw meter at about the same time the gravel filled embankment having been eroded moving water gave way and the town was emptied within an hour and rescue operations took over.
Visit Flood Museum for full documentation.