Cape Peninsula hit by heavy rains

2012-07-14 07:30

Johannesburg - Heavy rainfall in the Cape Peninsula displaced 560 people on Friday, the City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre said.

Spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said Sir Lowry's Pass village, Red Hill informal settlement and Masiphumelele, in Fish Hoek, were the worst affected areas.

Four hundred people were displaced at River Park, Rasta Camp and Uitkyk informal settlements in Sir Lowry's Pass village. They were accommodated at the Sir Lowry's Pass community hall.

At Red Hill, the city's disaster response teams supplied 80 people with hot food and blankets.

In Masiphumelele, 30 structures were "waterlogged" and blankets and food were supplied to residents.

Solomons-Johannes said that the SA Weather Service (Saws) told disaster management authorities that conditions were likely to become "extreme" in parts of the western, northern and eastern Cape, the southern Free State and KwaZulu-Natal from Friday.

A possibility of flash floods was predicted for the eastern Cape on Friday evening.

"According to the forecast, very cold conditions, heavy rainfall, snow that will be heavy in places and strong winds will prevail and set in over parts of the Western and Northern Cape provinces [on Friday] evening."

On Thursday night, snow fell over the mountains in south-western parts of the Western Cape.

"The Saws indicates that snowfall will be widespread and can be expected in areas where it has not snowed in a long time or has not snowed at all," he said.

Residents of the north-eastern parts of the Western Cape, southern parts of the Northern Cape, northern parts of the Eastern Cape and Lesotho were warned to expect heavy snowfalls on Saturday.

A south-easterly swell was predicted along the Cape south coast, with seas reaching about six metres.

From Sunday morning the cold weather was expected to move on to the south-western high grounds of KwaZulu-Natal, which could lead to the closure of mountain passes. From Sunday, Gauteng residents could expect cold and windy conditions.

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-14 09:46

    Waw how I mis that lovely cold rainy and snowy wheather.Its so great to be around Cape Town with such wheather real exciting and adventures, snowy, windy and rainy how awsome.I wish all the Cape Townians a very blessed rainy wheather and enjoy the coldness.Its so awsome to be around

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-07-14 10:05

    Masi is NOT in Fish Hoek. It is more Ocean View side which is @ least 10kms further. That would explain the rain because there certainly was not a lot of rain in Fish Hoek yesterday.

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-07-14 10:39

      Catgirl, yesterday on the radio a reporter mentioned the Bastille festival in Franchhoek, Cape Town over the week-end. Not quite Cape Town I say.

      catgirl1971 - 2012-07-14 10:53

      @ Tony. The French Huguenots settled in Franschoek so I suppose that's why there's Bastille Day celebrations there.

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-14 11:20

      Ya during the french revolution they fled to the western cape

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-14 13:54

      Masi's closer to Fish Hoek Catgirl - look on a map! But not for long alas - it's slowly creeping its way towards Blue Waters where people paid millions for their houses.

  • keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-14 10:22

    Cape Tow ( Where the clouds gather ) waw now imagen how our ancestors Khoisan had to endure the rainy cold wheather yet the Headquarters was in Ceres.

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-14 15:59

      Heavey rain is where the clouds gather !!!!! #HUI-GAEB

  • kgaugelo.mashilo.9 - 2012-07-14 10:56

    Maybe its about time to move this ppl to safer places permanantly so we cud avoid waisting tax payers money everydasy, or provide permanent homes that are water locked

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-14 11:17

      Its better to send them back where they came from its safe and easier

  • neil.barney.92 - 2012-07-14 14:43

    Coming to CT in August so snow would be different but have enough here in Manchester in UK winter

  • weldon.broughton - 2012-07-14 16:31

    People born and bred in Cape Town would know where and where not to build a house

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