When it rains it pours: Parts of Cape Town flooded after heavy overnight rain

When it rains it pours: Parts of Cape Town flooded after heavy overnight rain

- Parts of the greater Cape Town metropole are under water after torrential rain hammered the city overnight

- Emergency services and Disaster management teams were placed on alert on Wednesday after the weather service issued warnings of heavy rainfall and thunderstorms

- Numerous roads were flooded early on Thursday morning

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The city of Cape Town and its nearly 3.8 million residents have welcomed the torrential rain which hammered the city overnight. It wasn’t all good news though, because of the extended drought in the region the soil struggled to absorb the water.

This led to flash floods in certain parts of the city and to other parts of the city being almost under water as the drainages systems struggle to cope with the first real rain in nearly three years. Numerous roads in the greater Cape Town metropole resembled rivers on Thursday morning.

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The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management and emergency services were placed on alert after the weather service issued a warning for heavy rainfall and thundershowers.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the City has been preparing for the possibility of localised flooding this winter for some time and crews were reportedly attending to problems by the crack of dawn.

Disaster Risk Management spokesperson‚ Charlotte Powell‚ said: “Flooding has been reported mostly in urban areas across the metropole‚ due to blocked drains and limited run-off capacity. “Informal settlements in low lying areas have been affected. No emergency sheltering has been activated.

"Informal settlements in low-lying areas are always a concern for us. They are in discomfort. We will be making assessments this morning and standby crews are out on roads already," said Powell.

Residents have been urged to continue saving as much water as possible and were reminded that strict water restrictions remain in effect.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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