Flood warnings in place‚ but Capetonians are loving the welcome rains
Petru Saal | 2017-01-27 11:28:50.0
Midmar Road off La Belle in Bellville, Cape Town, this morning. File photo
Image by: City of Cape Town
It’s raining‚ it’s pouring and Capetonians are loving it. While authorities reported that certain areas have flooded‚ residents are flooding social media to express their gratitude. The drought and devastating fires in recent weeks have put strain on the city.
Caption: Flooding on the roads in Bellville – Images supplied by the City of Cape Town
One resident posted a photograph of her and a friend on Twitter and said: ”
Got soaked in much needed rain this morning on our way to @CapeTown_CM Yay! pic.twitter.com/ahIlfo5kSB
— Mostly Mindful (@SaskiaBusch) January 27, 2017
With level 3B #waterrestrictions starting soon, we are so #thankful waking up to some wonderful #rain in #CapeTown today! pic.twitter.com/FWcfLVOdk8
— Visit Blouberg (@VisitBlouberg) January 27, 2017
Due to the rainfall‚ traffic has been backed up and various roads have been flooded across the city.
“There were quite a few fender-bender crashes along the R300‚ N1 and N2 which negatively impacted traffic in to the city this morning as a result of the heavy rainfall experienced during the early hours of this morning” said Cape Town traffic services media liaison Maxine Bezuidenhoudt.
Motorists are urged to switch on their headlights when travelling and to always ensure a safe following distance.
Dam levels reached a shocking low and the city will be implementing level 3B water restrictions.
Dam levels typically fall by two percentage points a week at the height of summer. This means that without urgent savings the water supply will run out in about 105 days.
“Make no mistake‚ this is a serious situation that we must all work together to address‚ urgently. Saving water is not optional‚” Cape Town mayor Patricia De Lille said on Thursday at council’s first meeting of the year.
As a result of non-compliance with water restrictions‚ the city council had collected an extra R254-million from water sales. “But we can’t use this money to buy more water. Because of your abuse‚ we will all suffer.”
There will be #life after the #fire! Amazing rain in #CapeTown @sapeople @vwsfires @GoToSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/slB5cBdWvE
— Sonja Delport (@Edelweiss_Delp) January 27, 2017
Wonderful rain in Plumstead, #CapeTown. Filled all buckets I could find and the washing machine wheelie bin too #SaveWater pic.twitter.com/95Lm88bbf9
— Dennis, TheBushFundi (@TheBushFundi) January 27, 2017
God must really love Cape town to bless us with all this rain.
— _Cindlez_ (@cindymaree_w) January 27, 2017
Showers of Blessing,Thank GOD for the rain in #Capetown today
— Valencia (@Lienlfc) January 27, 2017
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