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Heavy rainfall causes flooding in Athlone

by Staff Reporter
30 Jul 2007
The Athlone Website
The Athlone Website

Heavy rains, that came as a result of passing cold fronts over the days from 25th to 29th July 2007, caused flooding in Athlone and other areas on the Cape Flats.

The storm, that saw four cold fronts pass Cape Town within a week disrupted traffic through the Athlone area and caused severe damage to properties in other parts of the Cape. Temperatures plummetted to 10 degrees Celcius and was expected to remain in that range until today (30 July 2007).

400 formal and informal houses were flooded on Saturday when the Vygieskraal river burst its banks at about 3am on Sunday morning.

Motorists travelling on Klipfontein Road observed flooding at various points with the worst being at the intersection opposite the stadium. Traffic lights were also out of commission at the intersection of Jan Smuts and Klipfontein Roads. This persisted until late on Sunday evening.

A cow which was caught in barbed-wire in Hindle Road, was rescued by SPCA chief investigator Andries Venter and his team. The animal was hypothermic when the SPCA arrived.

In the nearby suburb of Philippi, rescue teams had to use boats to evacuate stranded people in Pholo Park.

The rain had come to an end by Sunday but rescue teams are still on alert as more wet weather is expected on Wednesday (01 Aug 2007).

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