Karoo to Coast no more: Western Cape flood alert

All bicycles are safe and sound 😊

While the Karoo2coast didn’t happen this year and we had to turn around before the start, everyone including their bicycles are back home safe and sound and that is the most important part. We can always cycle in that 1 race again next year. And we will. Here are some high(low)lights of what happened and continues to unfold.

Franschhoek got almost 30 centimeters worth of rain!

News 24 said Franschhoek recorded the most rainfall – 299mm – during the storm in the Western Cape over the weekend. The Overberg, Cape Winelands and Garden Route were the worst-affected regions during the storm. Villiersdorp recorded 141mm of rainfall. More on the western-cape-storm

The N1 is open again after the flood

At the time of writing the following roads are still closed: N2 Route – Botrivier to Caledon; N12 Route – Meiringspoort; R321 Grabouw to Villiersdorp; R43 Villiersdorp to Caledon; R45 Franschhoek Pass; R320 Hermanus to Caledon; R44 Bettys Bay to Kleinmond; R44 Clarence Drive. Read the whole article on News 24 at western-cape-roads-remain-closed

Why we got 2 months’ worth of rain in 2 days

Daily Maverick said that In what is almost certainly the wettest year in the province’s recent history, the Heritage Day weekend saw more rain in three days than in the previous two months. It was caused by a cut-off low, ie a “type of weather system that develops in the upper air causing showers and thundershowers”, Turner explained. Get the full explanation on cape-weekend-storm/

15k Residents without electricity after the flood

Times live reported that Electricity minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says only 15,000 of the more than 82,000 people disconnected in the Western Cape as a result of the recent floods in the province are yet to be reconnected to the grid. Get the complete picture on residents-still-without-power-after-floods

Loadshedding suspended in WC & EC flood areas

EWN reports for CAPE TOWN – Eskom said due to widespread damage to electricity infrastructure caused by flooding in the Western and Eastern Cape coastal areas, load shedding would be suspended with immediate effect in these areas. As from flood-hit- cape-coastal-areas

72 Kids & 10 Grownups rescued from Swartberg

News 24 said it happened at the Cango Mountain Resort. Arrangements were made on Tuesday to send much-needed food and water supplies to the group by helicopter. Garden Route District Municipality Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Gerhard Otto said the pupils and adults were able to leave the resort in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Pictures on rescued-from-cango-mountain-resort

The mop-up begins after the Western Cape floods

EWN reports that Western Cape mobility MEC Ricardo Mackenzie has asked holidaymakers to move with caution, as many roads are still considered unsafe. He assured residents teams from the Department of Infrastructure were working to restore damaged roadways as quickly as possible. As on after-storms-rock-western-cape

Stay safe out there!
You keep yourself safe.
We keep your bicycle safe.

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