Flood Museum Complex Conference Facilities

The Laingsburg flood in 1981 January 25 is recognized as the biggest natural disaster in the history of South Africa. The rain started on the weekend of 24th and 25 January 1981 but more in the Moordenaars Karoo the northern part of the town.

Situated at the Tourist Information Centre opposite Shell Ultra. The estimated rainfall during the weekend of 24 and 25 January 1981 were 425mm whereas the normal rainfall per annum is 175 mm.The Buffels River already overflowed its banks around 08h00 the morning of Sunday 25th January 1981. At the same time two rivers named Baviaans and Wilgerhout integrate with the Buffels meaning there was a much higher volume of water accumulated at one time. The latter integrate just in front of the railway bridge. 

The level of the water started to rise in town about 12h00 and at 14h00 the town (CBD) was almost fully covered. While the water rose by seconds there was no time for those still at home to take any belongings with them. Those trapped in their houses fled to their roof for safety but eventually the roofs collapsed. The speed and volume of water was higher and stronger in the southern part of the town because of its location and obstruction in and around river i.e. railway and N1 national road bridges.