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Western Cape hit by flash floods

Somerset West was the worst affected, with the Vergelegen Mediclinic having to be evacuated.

Flash floods forced officials to evacuate the Vergelegen Mediclinic in Somerset West on 15 November 2013. Picture: @modernwebinfo/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN – Cape Town authorities have commenced mop-up operations on Saturday morning in flood-stricken Somerset West and the Strand.

During the night, the Lourensford River broke its banks, causing the closure of several roads and leaving scores of people stranded, with some trapped on the roofs of their homes.

Flash floods forced officials to evacuate the Vergelegen Mediclinic in Somerset West on 15 November 2013. Picture: @modernwebinfo/Twitter.
Picture: @modernwebinfo/Twitter.
 

Somerset West was also left without power.

The Vergelegen Mediclinic and an old age home in the Helderberg area had to be evacuated where patients were moved to other hospitals in the metro. 

Flash floods forced officials to evacuate the Vergelegen Mediclinic in Somerset West on 15 November 2013. Picture: @modernwebinfo/Twitter.
Picture: @modernwebinfo/Twitter.

The National Sea Rescue Institute’s Craig Lambinon says officials were out in numbers.

He says the majority of the rescue operation has been completed. 

“A lot of people have been affected by the floods. The priority was the evacuation of the Vergelegen Mediclinic. The emergency medical services continue to ferry people around the city.”

Flash floods forced officials to evacuate the Vergelegen Mediclinic in Somerset West on 15 November 2013. Picture: @modernwebinfo/Twitter.
Picture: @modernwebinfo/Twitter.

Rock falls were also reported in Camps Bay and Gordons Bay.

The rains have now subsided giving authorities a chance to assess the damage.

Disaster management teams will also provide relief aid to affected residents housed in community halls.

No deaths or injuries were reported.

Flash floods forced officials to evacuate the Vergelegen Mediclinic in Somerset West on 15 November 2013. Picture: @modernwebinfo/Twitter.
Picture: @modernwebinfo/Twitter.

Circle Centre on Main Road in Somerset West was flooded on 15 November 2013. Picture: @modernwebinfo/Twitter.
Circle Centre on Main Road in Somerset West was flooded on 15 November 2013. Picture: @modernwebinfo/Twitter.

 

Porterfield Road in Table View flooded following heavy rains on 15 November 2013. @AlexanderMay_1/Twitter.
Porterfield Road in Table View flooded following heavy rains on 15 November 2013. @AlexanderMay_1/Twitter.

(Edited by Craig Wynn)

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