Cape Town - Dam levels in the Western Cape have increased significantly over the past week, thanks to torrential rains which have lashed the province.
Over the weekend heavy downpours caused flooding in informal settlements, including in Khayelitsha, Macassar, Philippi, Gugulethu, Kraaifontein, Atlantis and Maitland.
The rains and windy conditions had caused havoc for motorists with the Huguenot Tunnel being closed for hours due to a power failure and the Bainskloof Pass being closed due to mudslides.
Local Government MEC Anton Bredell said on Monday that 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.
The average level for dams across the province is 41.5% (2017: 23.6%). Last week, the level was 36.2%. The dams feeding the City are 48.3% (2017: 24.8%).