Yesterday’s rains were highly anticipated by most residents in the Mother City, but while the downpours were much-needed, the heavy rains took a toll on some roadways and homes in the Cape.

The City received numerous complaints of flooding from various areas. Roads were badly flooded and emergency units needed to stay active overnight to ensure the safety of locals.

Localised flooding occurred in informal settlements and formal areas across the metropole, luckily no evacuations were necessary and no emergency shelters were activated.

Formal areas affected include Athlone, Gateville, Diep River, and Wallacedene. Informal areas affected include Makhaza, Khayelitsha, Langa, Philippi, Gugulethu and Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay.

In Manenberg, the canal in Silverstream Road overflowed, leading to a number of houses being flooded. The City’s Roads Infrastructure and Management Department’s standby crews used digger loaders to clear the canal and unblock drains.

Various City departments are making assessments and will continue the mop-up operations that have been ongoing in the Western Cape since yesterday.

A resident in Manenberg stands in a flooded street.
A resident’s flooded home in Manenberg.
The flooded streets of Manenberg.
Flooding in Hout Bay.
Hout Bay’s flooded streets.
Water taking over Hout Bay streets.



Pictures: Supplied/Twitter/Percy Martin says

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