Heavy rainfall over parts of the Little Karoo and Garden Route District led to localised flooding on Saturday afternoon.
The rain was so heavy that the Meiringspoort pass had to be closed to prevent any accidents. The pass is located between Oudtshoorn and Beaufort West. Previously, it experienced such a drought that its residents were limited to only 10 litres of water per day.
The pass was closed as a result of torrential rains causing streams of water to flow down it, and motorists have been advised to make use of alternative routes.
Oudtshoorn Municipality has also assembled a joint operational team to minimise the aftermath of the heavy rains.
Four adults and two children airlifted to safety after getting stranded in Meiringspoort on Saturday https://t.co/PjOTJhEY8S #ArriveAlive @AIRMERCYSERVICE @OudtshoornC @Oudtmun pic.twitter.com/XOgcJN44jq
— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) February 3, 2019
Meiringspoort Pass closed for traffic due to flooding.
Video supplied pic.twitter.com/p2zLAVyHMd
— Snazo Gulwa (@Snazo_Gulwa) February 2, 2019
The Meiringspoort Pass between Oudtshoorn and Beaufort West has been re-opened for traffic after being closed for the past few hours. The Pass was closed due to streams of water following torential rains in the Central and Klein Karoo today. #OudtshoornFloods pic.twitter.com/MEPi9fZIUz
— Oudtshoorn Municipal (@Oudtmun) February 2, 2019