The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre was on standby from Thursday preparing for heavy rain and localised flooding in areas of the Cape Metropole, as well as western parts of the Cape Winelands and western parts of the Overberg District.

Several areas of the City of Cape Town have been affected, resulting in damage to 150 homes.

These areas include Goodwood, Parow, Ravensmead, Belhar and Bellville South. Roofs of several homes in Sir Lowry’s Pass Village have also been blown off by the storm’s strong winds, and property damage ranges from moderate to extensive.

Power lines have come down in Goodwood, Parow Valley, Langa, Bergvliet, Durbanville and Maitland areas – mudslides have been reported in the Hout Bay and Llandudno area.

“The City’s Recreation and Parks Department is removing uprooted trees across the metropole to ensure roadways are cleared. The Roads and Stormwater department is unblocking drains.
Disaster Management officials are continuing to do damage assessments in the affected communities,” Powell said.

A tree that was blown over by the gale force winds on Constantia Main Road this morning fell atop the vehicle of a Law Enforcement officer. The officer was taken to a nearby hospital, and suffered from slight neck and head injuries.

Spokesperson for the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre, Charlotte Powell, said that emergency teams would be on standby to deal with any flood-related issues across the city.

More rain is expected today and there is a 90% chance of rain tomorrow.

 

 

Picture: Supplied/City of Cape Town

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