CT weather woes not over
Another cold front is expected to close in on the Western Cape this evening.
CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management division says its teams will remain on high alert as another freak cold front is expected to hit the Peninsula on Tuesday evening.
A severe storm lashed large parts of the Western Cape at the weekend leaving 18,000 people affected.
Heavy rain, strong winds and flash floods also claimed three lives.
Disaster Management's Wilfred Solomon-Johannes says emergency officials are ready for any eventuality.
"There's a rainfall probability of 60 percent and that can exacerbate the situation on the Cape Flats in particular. We've already had a river burst its banks, which could potentially happen again."
Low-lying areas were the worst hit.
Residents from informal settlements like Khayelitsha, Delft and Gugulethu could be seen scooping water from their homes, while areas like Somerset West and Strand were also badly affected.
The Mediclinic Vergelegen private hospital in Somerset West had to be evacuated after a nearby dam burst its banks and flooded the entire hospital.
Flash floods forced officials to evacuate the Vergelegen Mediclinic in Somerset West on 15 November 2013. Picture: @modernwebinfo/Twitter.
The hospital group says teams are working around the clock in a bid to have at least part of the Vergelegen Mediclinic functioning by Wednesday next week.
While the damages are still being assessed, it is estimated it could run into billions of rands.
Mediclinic's Willie Aucamp says, "We're in the process of calculating costs, which will take us a bit of time but that is not our main priority at this stage. We are focusing on equipment that needs to be replaced. There's quite a bit of electrical work that needs to be done and making sure our cables didn't get wet."
City of Cape Town bosses say R3 million has been spent on providing those hardest hit by heavy rains with relief aid.