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Thousands of residents in informal settlements impacted by adverse weather

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Approximately 4 000 dwellings have been affected by adverse weather conditions following Sunday night’s heavy downpours.

The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre had confirmed that localised flooding had occurred in informal settlements across the metropole in Khayelitsha, Philippi and Macassar.

Spokesperson Charlotte Powell said powerlines are down in Lansdowne, Gugulethu and Wynberg.

“Trees have been uprooted in Constantia, Vredekloof, Durbanville, Tamboerskloof and Pinelands,” Powell added.

Parts of Hanover Park on the Cape Flats were scenes of knee-deep water on Sunday. Photo: Justin Williams [Facebook]
Powell, however, explained that no evacuations or emergency sheltering had been activated as of Monday morning.

Meanwhile, as residents around the province report weather related concerns of localized flooding, some communities were delighted to find their streets littered with snowflakes as the cold front made its way across the Cape.

Snowflakes littered Muizenberg on Monday morning. Photo: Ayatolla September
Snow covered Ceres following the cold front that is making its way over the Western Cape. Photo: Matroosberg Reserve
Residents in Villiersdorp in the Overberg region had shared photos of snow-capped hills. Photo: Faghmieda Kenny
The R321 in Hemel en Aarde has been transformed into a sheet of white snow. Photo: Traffic Services

The weather conditions are expected to clear on Tuesday.

Footage of the Theewaterskloof Dam in Villiersdorp showed the streaming water on Monday morning, increasing hopes that dam levels could rise in light of the scourge of drought. On Friday, the Theewaterskloof Dam level stood at 31.4 per cent, with average dam levels at 44.1 per cent.

The Theewaterskloof Dam in Villiersdorp is streaming with water this morning, increasing hopes that dam levels could rise. On Friday, the Theewaterskloof Dam level stood at 31.4 per cent, with average dam levels at 44.1 per cent. Footage: Supplied

Posted by Voice of the Cape Radio – VOC on Sunday, 1 July 2018

“Various City departments are making assessments and will continue the mop up operations that have been ongoing since the cold front hit,” Powell confirmed.

VOC 91.3fm


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