Berg river floods Paarl

2013-08-29 00:20

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Cape Town - Residents of Paarl were evacuated from their homes to community halls on Wednesday night when the Berg river broke its banks, said the DA.

"[A] community living near the river has been evacuated to community halls," said Democratic Alliance Drakenstein constituency head Erik Marais.

"With more rain expected tonight [on Wednesday], more people are to be moved," he said.

"Mayor Gesie van Deventer has called up all councillors to go and assist the communities at risk."

Warnings of immediate danger because of rising water levels would also be sent to farmers next to the river, said Marais.

On Tuesday, the City of Cape Town warned of a cold front, which would bring cold and wet conditions, with gale-force north-westerly winds, between Cape Point and Cape Agulhas.

"The weather warning issued indicates that heavy rain is expected over the Cape Metropole overnight on 27 August and 28 August 2013," the city's disaster risk management said in a statement.

"We urge residents to exercise caution," they said.

On Wednesday morning, a man was found frozen to death in Kuilsriver, in Cape Town.

"The police had found two men huddled under wet cardboard boxes, unresponsive, freezing cold and sopping wet," said ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson.

When paramedics arrived one of the men was dead. The other was in a critical condition, with a dangerously low body temperature, and was taken to the Tygerberg Hospital, she said.

Later in the day, Franschoek Pass and Chapman's Peak Drive had to be closed to traffic following mudslides.

Franschoek Pass, between Franschoek and Villiersdorp, was closed after a mudslide and a small rockfall following heavy rains, said provincial transport department spokesperson Al-Ameen Kafaar.

Traffic from Franschoek to Villiersdorp was being diverted to the N2.

He said Chapman's Peak Drive was closed after a mudslide covered a large portion of the road.

"Both Chapman's Peak and the Franschoek Pass will remain closed until further notice," he said.

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