Flooding, heavy rainfall and lightning persisted overnight in some parts of the Western Cape – and residents can expect the last showers on Friday, 7 May.
Residents in the Overberg, Struisbaai and Hermanus area had to be evacuated on Wednesday when their homes and businesses were flooded. They are being housed at communities centres until they can return home. Lightning storms continued into Thursday evening and early hours of Friday morning near George.
The South African Weather Service warned of more disruptive rainfall for the affected areas on Friday. They predicted rainfall from 40-60mm reaching up to 80-100mm in the mountainous areas. Temperatures will peak in the late teens throughout the Western Cape province.
Two people from Bonnievale were killed when the vehicle they were trapped in overturned, and in Stanford, footage of scaffolding washing away under a bridge caused a big stir. In a video shared on social media, you can see massive scaffolding flowing through the raging water under a bridge.
All requests for information and queries can be directed to the JOC at 028 425 5600. WhatsApp messages can also be sent to the Communication Department at 064 758 4532.
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