Informal homes built next to the Diep River in Dunoon were flooded after heavy rainfall. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency(ANA)
Informal homes built next to the Diep River in Dunoon were flooded after heavy rainfall. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency(ANA)

Mopping-up operations continue in the Western Cape after heavy rains

By Shakirah Thebus Time of article published Jul 5, 2021

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Cape Town - Following heavy rainfall that initially made landfall last week, the City and other affected municipalities continue with assessments and mopping-up operations.

The storm affected large parts of the province. Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell said there have been no reports of casualties, missing or injured persons.

“The greatest challenges were experienced in the City of Cape Town with many low-lying areas that experienced localized flooding. The City estimates the total number of affected persons at 6 000.

“A concern is the disruption of stormwater and flood management systems brought about by unlawful land occupation across the city. This resulted in flooding not only of the invaded areas (often inside stormwater infrastructure such as ponds), but also of adjacent roads and formal suburbs.”

In the West Coast, localised flooding in Matzikama and road damage to Nuweplaas near Wupperthal was reported.

Road damage was reported in Grabouw, while in the Cape Winelands District flooding was reported, including in Kylemore in Stellenbosch. The damaged Zwelethemba bridge in Worcester was also being attended to.

Operations to clear stormwater systems and drains to alleviate flooding continue in the City.

The South African Social Security Agency is providing meals in the affected areas.

“No new weather warnings for rainfall or wind have been issued for the next few days, but we want to urge continued caution over the next few days when travelling around the province while mopping-up operations continue,” said Bredell.

The South African Weather Service predicted partly cloudy skies in the extreme south west of the province, “otherwise fine and cold to cool”, for today.

“The wind along the coast will be light to moderate westerly to north-westerly becoming moderate to fresh southerly to south-easterly north of Cape Point,” according to the service.

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