Western Cape braces for rain, snow

2013-09-18 10:31
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Heavy rain hits Western Cape

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Cape Town - Residents of the Western Cape have been warned of heavy rain and even snow on Thursday and Friday.

The SA Weather Service forecast heavy rain on Thursday night and Friday over the Cape metro, Overberg, winelands and West Coast districts.

The heavy rain is expected to result in localised flooding in certain areas.

Snow is expected in parts of the Western Cape and Northern Cape.

High alert

The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre said its disaster response teams are on high alert.

"The situation will result in the already wet soil in low-lying areas being saturated, and the above normal river levels will make areas vulnerable to flooding. There is also a risk of landslides, mudslides and rockfalls on the city’s mountainous areas, and particularly where there are steep slopes due to periodic heavy rains.

"Residents who live in these areas are advised to ensure that they take precautionary measures and to consult with their private insurance companies for appropriate cover for emergency repairs to be undertaken," said the City's Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

The City of Cape Town said this week it had spent nearly R16m since August to help over 200 000 residents affected by storms and floods.

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