Western Cape still reeling from week-long inclement weather

Heavy downpours, icy temperatures and strong to gale force winds battered the Cape last week when three cold fronts made land fall.

FILE: Parts of the Western Cape experienced heavy rain and flooding as a cold front made landfall in the province on 5 May 2021. The town of Struisbaai was one of the areas affected by the flooding. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Mop-up operations and damage assessments remain under way on Monday after week-long winter storms wreaked havoc in the Western Cape.

Heavy downpours, icy temperatures and strong to gale force winds battered the Cape last week when three cold fronts made land fall.

An estimated 6,000 residents were affected when localised flooding impacted several low-lying areas in the Cape Town Metro.

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“The greatest challenges we're experiencing in the City of Cape Town is that many low lying areas did experience localised flooding with some of the greatest challenges posed in areas where structures have been erected illegally often within retention ponds and stormwater drain channels,” said Environmental Affairs and Local Government spokesperson James-Brent Styan.

While no inclement weather has been predicted for the next few days, commuters have been urged to continue proceeding with caution.

“Just be aware that there might still be rubble in roads that haven't been mopped up yet. This will be attended to as soon as possible, but just continued caution over the next few days is highly recommended. Western Cape Disaster Centre remains on standby, and on high alert to respond to any further incidents that might still develop,” Styan added.

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