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Destruction brings joy

The overwhelming joy when much needed rain fell in drought stricken Cape Town did not come without a price. Considerable damage was caused to homes and infrastructure by the strong winds which accompanied the downpour on Thursday night 31 May 2018.

Winds in excess of 80km/h uprooted trees, brought down power lines and damaged several homes.

Cape Town Disaster Management reported that heavy downpours caused major flooding in and around Goodwood, Parow, Ravensmead, Belhar and Bellville South.

It is believed that approximately 150 residential properties experienced some form of damage, ranging from broken windows to blown off roofs, while trees were uprooted in areas including Parow, Goodwood, Constantia, and Belhar.

Electricity supply had been compromised due to strong winds causing damage to power lines in Goodwood, Parow Valley, Langa, Bergvliet, Durbanville, and Maitland, while we received reports of heavy mudslides in the Hout Bay area.

Although the rain is not enough to break the drought, it is expected to make a huge difference in the dam levels.


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