Flood risk travel warning issued for Cape Town

A travel alert over flooding in Cape Town and the surrounding area has been issued by the Foreign Office.

Foreign Office travel advice for the South African city and nearby Drakenstein and Stellenbosch was updated due to a ‘disruptive rain’ warning for today (Thursday) from the South African Weather Service.

“Following heavy rains, there is a risk of localised flooding. Rain is forecast to continue until Friday 12 July, with possible further disruption thereafter,” the updated advisory said.

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“If you are in Cape Town and affected by adverse weather conditions, reconsider whether your journey is necessary, and always check local media before your journey. 

“Stay away from rivers where possible and do not drive through large pools of water.”

The City of Cape Town Council reported power outages due to storm damage on Tuesday and warned of the prospect of damaged electricity infrastructure as the weather was predicted to worsen.

Mayoral committee member for energy, Xanthea Limberg, said: “As the severe weather conditions continue to hit Cape Town, we are likely to see more weather-related damage to electricity infrastructure in areas across the city. 

“Our dedicated teams have already attended to more than 100 electricity related faults in the last 24 hours and we thank residents for their continued support during this challenging period. 

“Our teams are doing their level best and we are attending to all service requests as speedily as possible.”  

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