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Several Cape Town areas flooded

The SA Weather Service has warned that heavy rains will continue for the next few days.

A man pushes a car in a flooded road in Edgemead, Cape Town on 28 August 2013. Picture: Glen De Goede.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Disaster Risk Management says several areas across the peninsula have been affected by flooding due to heavy rains.

They are currently assisting those affected in informal settlements in Hout Bay, Philippi, Mitchells Plain, Lotus River and Khayelitsha.

An intense cold front is moving across the Metropole, bringing heavy downpours, strong winds, flooding and snow in some areas.

The adverse weather conditions are expected to clear by Sunday.

The city's Charlotte Powell says low lying areas will be the hardest hit.

"The city's community halls have been made available to provide emergency shelter to residents who have been affected by the floods."

Meanwhile, heavy rains have caused flooding outside a petrol station in Edgemead in Cape Town's northern suburbs.

It looks like a small dam has formed outside the Engen garage.

People have been stopping; taking pictures, one of them was also carrying a fishing rod.

At one stage, the road leading into the suburb was cordoned off, but slowly more and more motorists are braving the flooding.

One resident said the water was even covering the islands in the road earlier and some vehicles were damaged.

A police vehicle and some pickup trucks have been circling the neighbourhood.

SA WEATHER SERVICE

At the same time, South African Weather Service officials say back to back cold fronts are not so common this time of year.

An intense cold front has moved across the Cape Peninsula, bringing heavy downpours, strong winds, localised flooding and snow.

The adverse weather is expected to clear by Sunday followed by another cold front next week.

Sunday marks the change of the season.

Heavy showers during recent weeks have caused flooding affecting more than 36,000 residents.

Forecaster Kate Turner said, "It's not just the cold front, it's got support in the upper levels, so it's a deep layer of moisture with instabilities that make it more intense than just a normal cold front that we've had previously."

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