WC warned of possible flash flooding

Light snowfall is expected in the WC and the EC while strong gale winds will be expected in the FS and NW.

FILE: Traffic in the Cape Town CBD was heavily affected by heavy rains on Friday 22 April 2016. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Weather Service has warned of a probability of heavy rains that could cause flash floods in the Western Cape this weekend.

Light snowfall is also expected in the Western Cape as well as the Eastern Cape while strong gale winds will be expected in the Free State and North West.

Meanwhile, people in the central parts of the country will experience cold weather by Sunday.

SA weather services' Wayne Venter said, "We have a cold front over the central parts of the country causing cooler air and the possibility of heavy rainfall into flash floods happening over the south-western parts of the Western Cape."

Last week, the City of Cape Town's disaster risk unit was keeping a close eye on all areas as a result of severe weather conditions.

A tree was uprooted as a result of gale-force wind in Constantia Nek.

Heavy rainfall, gale force wind and rough seas were experienced across the Cape Peninsula.

Roofs blown off and some roads were flooded.

CAPE TOWN COUNCIL CONCERNED ABOUT PREPAREDNESS OF THE STORM

As the Cape braces itself for a cold front over the next few days, some political parties in the council believe the municipality is ill-prepared for the storm.

During a council meeting Mayor Patricia de Lille said the recent rain has placed a heavy challenge on emergency services.

De Lille conceded that the municipality was caught off guard by last week's storm.

But ACDP councillor Demetrius Dudley blamed the flooding on what he says is the city's poor maintenance of stormwater drains.

De Lille says stormwater drains are cleaned every year but cannot handle high volumes of water.