Winter Storms Bring Flooding to Cape Town

The city of Cape Town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa has been hit by severe storms driven by successive cold fronts sweeping across the southern coast of the country, causing flooding of homes in informal settlements across the city.

Mayor Particia de Lille said on Monday 16 June 2014 that rainy weather conditions over the weekend had affected more than 20,000 people and over 5,000 households, with Khayelitsha and the Strand region being worst affected, along with Vrygrond, Lotus River, Gugulethu, Delft and Philippi.

She said the city’s Disaster Risk Management (DRM) team had handed out 15,792 blankets, just over 20,000 meals, 177 baby packs and 712 flood kits, and that a flood and storms planning task team had been giving residents practical tips on how to raise floor levels, divert flood waters and reduce health hazards associated with stagnant water.

Parts of Salamander Road in Hangberg collapsed on Saturday due to undermining by storm-water. Storms River Way in Manenberg lived up to its name on Sunday when most of the road was flooded, with water knee-deep in places. Some residents were trapped inside their houses by water pooling in front gardens and blocking driveways.

The National Sea Rescue Institute urged people to use extreme caution along the coast because cold fronts bring high swells and dangerous sea conditions to the coastline.

Weather conditions were expected to improve on Monday, with only light showers forecast for Cape Town.

Sources: IoL; SABC