TROUBLE: Flooded roads near Nomzamo in Strand. Cape Town is finally enjoying some much-awaited and needed rain.
Cape Town - The extreme weather of recent days has not only brought misery to humans, even animals had to endure discomfort.

A local SPCA centre has suffered power outages since Sunday morning. Due to the chilly temperatures across the city, the centre had increased its electricity usage to keep the animals warm.

Fortunately, the animals have not suffered too much as the staff have distributed extra-warm blankets and jackets. The staff have suggested that any contact with the centre be made through social media and cellphones.

Cape Town and province residents will be happy to know that dam levels have risen after the rains. Dam levels have once again improved significantly, by 5.6% to 48.3% of storage capacity.

James Brent Styan, the spokesperson for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell, said: “Dam levels in the Western Cape continue to increase as a result of the continued winter rainfall.

“Major dams in the province have all increased by more than 5% in the past week. The Berg River Dam has received 159mm of rain over the past seven days, while the Theewaterskloof Dam has had 51mm.”

RELIEF: Theewaterskloof Dam’s water level continues to rise thanks to the good rain the region received over the last week. Severe rainstorms lashed Cape Town and other parts of the drought-stricken Western Cape overnight, leading to severe flooding in places. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

Major dam statistics have been released as follows: Theewaterskloof dam - 34.1% full this week (2017: 19.2%. Last week: 29%) Voëlvlei dam - 44.6% full this week (2017: 20.2%. Last week: 38%). Bergriver Dam 78% full this week (2017: 35%. Last week: 67%); Clanwilliam Dam 67.7% (2017: 19%. Last week: 57.4%).

Bredell says all catchment areas are showing marked improvement, except one, the Gouritz River Catchment, that provides water to areas that include the central Karoo.

Dams serving the rest of the Western Cape also enjoyed a healthy increase, with the average total standing at 41.5%, almost double their levels 12 months ago.

Bredell expressed his concern about the Gouritz River catchment. He said no one was out of the woods yet and that the province still needed to do everything possible to save water.

ICY: Wolseley mountains were covered in snow after a cold front moved over the Western Cape. Picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

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