Winter storm update 09h00
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 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.
Additional regional numbers for reporting emergencies in the Western Cape:
- City of Cape Town - 107 or 021 480 7700 and 080 911 4357
- Overberg - 028 425 1690
- West Coast - 022 433 8700
- Garden Route - 044 805 5071
- Central Karoo – 023 449 8000
- Cape Winelands – 021 886 9244 / 021 887 4446
Bad weather related tip sheet
How can I prepare for bad weather events?
- Identify the risks in your local area.
- Report blocked drains and service disruptions promptly
- Prepare a home emergency plan and identify risks around your home.
- Make sure cell phones are charged before going to bed.
- Remove leaves and debris (from downpipes or gutters or street gullies) or any other items that can increase the risk of flooding in your area.
- Have an evacuation plan. Everyone in your family should know where to go to find shelter.
- Prepare an emergency toolkit. This may include items such as candles and matches, drinking water, a multi-tool, whistle and a list of emergency contact numbers.
What should I do during a flooding?
- Monitor current flood warnings. Listen to the radio for emergency warnings, evacuation advice and weather updates.
- Avoid entering floodwater unless it is necessary, and never underestimate the strength of floodwater, even if you are inside a vehicle.
- Follow all instructions from emergency authorities.
- Turn off all electricity and water and take your cell phone with you.
- Assist elderly and disabled neighbours where possible.
- Contact the authorities as soon as possible.
What should I do after the flood?
- Before entering your house, wait until the water has dropped below floor level.
- Check with electricity and water authorities to know whether it is safe for you to use these resources.
- Be aware of contamination if water sources have been flooded; this could be unsafe to drink.
Further winter weather tips:
- (When moving around outdoors) dress in warm brightly coloured wet weather clothing.
- If caught unawares by strong wind, barricade windows with wooded panels or strips (or furniture if needs be).
- When hiking or camping check on conditions before going and inform relatives or friends of your location.
- If ordered to evacuate do so immediately and in an orderly fashion.
- Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers.
Spokesperson for the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Anton Bredell
Mobile: 084 583 1670
Telephone: 021 483 2820