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Overberg: public warned to take extra caution

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

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

CAPE TOWN - 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."

Meanwhile, the search for a woman presumed to have drowned in Stellenbosch will continue as soon as possible.

Police say she was travelling with a friend when their car stalled in floodwaters on a bridge in Jonkershoek.

Police divers found the vehicle in the river and retrieved the body of the driver but they were forced to call off the search due to high water levels.

Metro EMS spokesperson Robert Daniels says, "A car attempting to cross the bridge at Jonkershoek area in Stellenbosch stalled on the bridge and two ladies were trapped inside by the rapidly rising flood water which quickly submerged the vehicle.

"Rescue personnel removed one body from the car but the second lady is still missing."

According to the city of Cape Town 18,000 people have been affected by flooding caused by this weekend's heavy rains.