Prioritizing Safety and Well-being During Western Cape’s Extensive Flooding

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The Western Cape province is facing a severe crisis due to prolonged rain and wind causing extensive flooding. The provincial government led by Minister Anton Bredell has prioritized the safety and well-being of its residents.

Coordinated Efforts to Provide Humanitarian Support

The provincial government has dedicated teams working tirelessly to provide humanitarian support and restore essential services disrupted by the severe weather. The extensive flooding has caused many residents to leave or lose their homes, while others in informal settlements endure the harsh conditions brought on by damaged or flooded dwellings.

Emphasizing Safety and Well-being for All

Minister Bredell emphasizes the importance of coordinating safety and well-being for all those affected. Various teams are working together to reopen roads and restore disrupted services. The [Provincial Disaster Risk Management Centre](https://capetown.today/winter-in-cape-town-mitigating-risks-through-proactive-measures) is coordinating efforts from various stakeholders, including Provincial Emergency Medical Services, City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Services, City and District Disaster Management Centres, SAPS, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), SARZA Search and Rescue, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), Western Cape Government departments, and Agri Western Cape.

Road Closures and Traffic Disruptions

Road closures across the province have caused significant disruptions, with traffic services, the South African Police Services (SAPS), and local authorities cooperating to redirect traffic and secure damaged infrastructure. Minister Bredell urges the public to exercise patience and avoid unnecessary travel, as the priority remains to protect human lives.

Travel Advisories for Long Weekend

This advice extends to those planning to travel during the long weekend. Due to heavy rainfall and infrastructure damage, travelers are advised to exercise caution on the roads, account for increased travel times, and check for updates before departing. Provincial Traffic Services are providing support across the Western Cape, ensuring critical locations are attended to.

Water System Management and Power Restoration

As dam and river levels reach full capacity or overflow, the Department of Water and Sanitation’s Dam Safety unit is closely monitoring the situation. Recent efforts have seen Eskom restore power to Somerset West after a substation was flooded. Meanwhile, work continues to restore power to the Overstrand area, following damage to power pylons in mountainous regions.

Humanitarian Efforts and Community Support

Approximately 1,000 people displaced in Rawsonville have been provided with alternative accommodation, with the Cape Winelands District Municipality supporting the humanitarian effort. Minister Bredell calls on the public to prioritize safety in the coming days, report any flooding, or people in need within their communities, to their local authority. MEC Reagan Allen encourages residents to remain vigilant and extend assistance to those in need. The neighborhood watch (NHW) members are standing by to offer support and help, as everyone comes together during this challenging period to ensure the safety and well-being of all those affected.

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