The winter storm that hit the Western Cape yesterday morning continues to move further inland and caused significant damage and flooding across the Cape Winelands and Overberg last night.
Major incidents reported include:
- Two people died in flood waters in Bonnievale on the R317 last night after being trapped in an overturned vehicle.
- A bakkie that was stuck in flood waters was towed out and the driver managed to escape without injuries.
- A number of children that were reported to be trapped under a bridge were found to be safe in a nearby house.
- Several roads are badly damaged.
- The Meiringspoort was closed but has since been reopened.
The Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell has praised the emergency services for working tirelessly throughout the night.
“The conditions were very difficult and we are grateful for the men and women who stood up once more to help our communities. We hope that we don’t see any further major incidents and urge the public to take care over the next few days.”
In Robertson and Hermanus 41mm has been measured. Struisbaai received 115mm of rainfall , Swellendam 45mm and Grabouw 58mm. In Cape Town between 6mm and 14mm has been measured so far. The Tsitsikamma region has received 48mm.
The widespread rainfall and strong winds is expected to continue across large parts of the Western Cape throughout the day.
The provincial emergency number is 112.