WC dam levels remain critically low despite recent rainfall

MEC Anton Bredell says they are concerned about the less than normal rainfall predicted.

FILE: Several roads and homes were flooded on 22 April 2016, following heavy downpours across the Western Cape. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape provincial government says recent rainfall across the province has provided some relief but dam levels remain critically low.

Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell says they are also concerned about the less than normal rainfall predicted which will accompany the warmer upcoming winter.

The MEC's spokesperson, James-Brent Styan, says the province's dams are currently just 28 percent full.

"This is following the rain we saw over the last weekend, we are also expecting a lot of water and rain this coming weekend and unfortunately we don't believe it's going to be enough to fill the dams to the levels we need them to be at. We are still about 30 percent less than we were last year this time."

MEC Bredell recommends water restrictions continue during the rainy season until dam levels have increased to acceptable levels.

Yesterday, Agri Western Cape tentatively welcomed the recent downpours across the province, but was waiting on a final report on whether the storm did more harm than good.

South Africa's agricultural sector has been taking a beating amid one of the worst country-wide droughts in recent decades.

However, in an about-turn, Western Cape roads had to be closed due to flooding on Friday following sudden heavy rains.

Gale-force winds also toppled trees and blew the roofs off some houses in the Mother City.

Agri Western Cape's Carl Opperman said a full report on the storm's effects on farming will be released later today.

"Certain areas where we had devastating drought we had between eight and 13 mm, there was also some severe winds but we don't know if there was any damage from that."

Additional reporting by Eduard de Kock.