Western Cape braces for more rain

2012-08-08 20:21

Cape Town - The Western Cape will see more heavy rain at the weekend, the provincial government said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Peter Pullen said the SA Weather Service had warned of rain in parts of Cape Town, the winelands, and Overberg district on Saturday.

Provincial disaster management centre head Colin Deiner said officials were on standby for the next few days and ready to help.

Residents were advised to steer clear of flooded roads and use alternative routes. Hiking and swimming were not recommended.

Flooding in the Langeberg and winelands region on Tuesday resulted in a number of road and bridge closures.

Some roads remained closed on Wednesday. In the Cape Winelands, the R62 between Barrydale and Ashton, as well as Van der Merwe and Voortrekker roads, were closed.

In the Eden district, the Swartberg Pass, Mount Hope gravel road and Kleinefontein Road were closed to traffic.

Pullen said the Klawervlei Primary School in Beaufort West was closed on Monday and pupils evacuated due to heavy flooding.

About 200 people in the Cogmanskloof area and 300 people in Ashbury were housed in community halls and given food and blankets.

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-08-08 20:34

    If anybody has some spare blankets and a heart, please get into contact with the Red Cross or Disaster Management... our fellow Capetonians are going to need it!

      janet.hannah.583 - 2012-08-08 20:41

      please also remember the animal shelters. they badly need food and blankets

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-08-08 20:51

    Enough with the cold and rain already!

  • jacques.buckle - 2012-08-08 21:05

    i get a feeling this summer is going to be very hot

  • muazzam.jasper - 2012-08-09 00:00

    Id rather have rain than protests, may it rain when ever these protesters plan to protest, it causes less damage to our city.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-09 12:05

    Why is it that you never hear of Churches opening their doors to the destitute so that they would have a safe place to stay during this dreadful weather, after all they are only used on a Sunday, and the big fancy buildings they build could be put to use in weather like this or even in a disaster. Why must everything hang on the shoulders of the Red Cross. Come on you people open those churches so that the needy have a dry place to stay, and even set up some soup kitchens you have enough money to do this.

      flyswat - 2012-08-10 00:41

      Not to mention all the millions they rake in on a weekly basis. Wonder what they do with that money. I bet they make more than SARS!

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