Heavy rain in WC to clear up soon

Forecaster Kate Turner says no rain is expected after Friday morning.

FILE: Flooding in the Western Cape. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Weather Service on Thursday said heavy rain in parts of the Western Cape will not last much longer.

This despite heavy rainfall predicted in the City of Cape Town on Thursday.

A 60 percent chance of showers has been forecast for this afternoon.

By Friday, there will only be a 30 percent chance of early rain.

Forecaster Kate Turner says, "There is still rain expected today and tomorrow morning. After that, no more rain expected."

Meanwhile, flood waters have subsided in Laingsburg after heavy rains lashed the central Karoo town earlier this week.

The flooding of some roads, including the N1, caused major traffic disruptions in the area.

Water pipes have also been damaged, cutting off access to many homes and businesses.

Disaster management teams continue to remain on high alert.


Agri Wes-Cape says the rain damaged farms and crops in the central Karoo region.

The forum's Carl Opperman says they have to wait for flood waters to subside before assessing the damage.

An air force helicopter has been deployed from Bredasdorp to assist farms situated below a Laingsburg dam.

"One farmer reported almost R7,000 in damages," Opperman said.