CT mop up operations begin

About 18,000 people have been affected by the heavy rainfall experienced in parts of the province.

The N2 near Sir Lowry's Pass Village in Somerset West has been closed to allow clean up operations in Cape Town. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The city of Cape Town says the N2 near Sir Lowry's Pass Village in Somerset West has been closed as officials embark on mop up operations after the bad weather that wreaked havoc in the Western Cape this weekend.

About 18,000 people have been affected by the heavy rainfall experienced in parts of the province.

City traffic's Maxine Jordaan says several other roads are still closed as well.

"In addition to that in Llandudno, Victoria Road between Park Avenue and Llandudno as well as Chapman's Peak Drive remain closed to vehicle traffic."

Meanwhile, the Overberg District Municipality's Reynard Geldenhuys says several main roads are still closed as a result of the rains and flooding.

"The main routes that are still closed are R44 Gordon's Bay and Rooiels Bay Road, the R43 Hermanus Stanford Road is still closed."

Overberg Fire and Disaster Management has appealed to the public to take extra caution as roads are still slippery due to widespread flooding.

Heavy rainfall has wreaked havoc across the Western Cape since the start of the weekend.

A 28-year-old man was also swept away in a river in Grabouw while a woman went missing while hiking at the Potburg whale trail.

Disaster Management's Reinhardt Geldenhuys says, "Both these incidents were probably due to negligence. In the cases of the hikers, they were warned not to go into the mountain and they did.

"And also people don't treat rivers with the necessary respect. If the water's flowing, you can't see the ground, then there's no adventure there because it will lead to trouble."