22 Jun Cape Town under water as storm hits, areas evacuated [video…
Cape Town was left in devastation after the cold front made landfall on Friday, 21 June 2019. Residents were warned yesterday gale force winds reaching 90km/h were expected on Friday afternoon.
Several areas around Cape Town were evacuated. In addition, Charlotte Powell, the spokesperson for the City’s Risk Management Centre, said power outages were reported in Milnerton, Plumstead and Sybrand Park.
In Strand, Woodstock and Claremont, roofs were blown off houses and fallen trees are blocking roads. As reported by Times Life, approximately 1 000 people were evacuated from a building in Belville.
Cape Town: Road closures
Residents are urged to avoid flooded areas and seek alternative routes instead. Don’t attempt to cross flooded roads as you will not be able to assess the amount of debris and damage, which may be hidden underwater.
Trees have been uprooted in Claremont, Southfield and Observatory. Five uprooted trees are blocking roadways on Woodbridge Road in Kenwyn, and the Franschhoek Pass is closed due to a rock fall
Homes and streets in Manenberg, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha were hit the hardest and traffic along most major routes were delayed. The Metrorail Central Line from Langa to Khayelitsha was suspended.
Twitter user Ntomboxolo Somdaka confirmed that the R321 between Grabouw and Villiersdorp is closed “due to a huge sand storm.” Several vehicles were stuck in the mud.
Safety tips when driving in bad weather
Always check your tyres, wipers, blades, fluid and lights during a pre-trip inspection to ensure your safety on the road. Arrive Alive suggests driving with your lights on to be seen.
In addition, keep both hands on the steering wheels and eyes on the road at all times to ensure you don’t lose control over the vehicle. Remember that your steering ability and traction will be affected when driving through a storm.
Most importantly, keep a safe following distance and don’t speed! Obey the rules of the road at all times and do not overtake when you cannot see ahead.
Residents are urged to report any issues to the City of Cape Town Centre on 086 010 3089, or via WhatsApp on 063 407 3699. In addition, you can call 0809 114 357 for firers, floods and rock falls, and 021 480 7700 for other emergencies.
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