GARDEN ROUTE DISTRICT NEWS - The SA Weather Service has issued a warning for disruptive rain for the Garden Route from this afternoon (7 May), persisting into late Saturday evening (8 May).
Rainfall accumulation of 40mm to 50mm can be expected for this evening into Saturday evening over the Garden Route.
This forms part of a warning for the Western Cape and Namaqua Region of the Northern Cape.
The alert level is yellow (L2) and the affected municipalities are Bitou, Breede Valley, Cape Agulhas, George, Hessequa, Kannaland, Knysna, Langeberg, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn and Swellendam.
Showers and thundershowers are expected today in the southwestern parts of the Western Cape and are expected to clear from the west by this evening, and spreading along the eastern parts of the Garden Route in the afternoon persisting into late Saturday evening.
Flooding of roads and settlements in both formal and informal settlements is likely, which could result in damage to property and infrastructure. Flooding of low-lying bridges may also occur as well as potholes may develop. Disruption of traffic flow is likely, along with increased motor vehicle accidents, especially in peak hour traffic. Essential services such as water and electricity may be affected. There is a chance for mudslides and rockfalls in susceptible areas.
Instruction to be cautious
Be cautious on the roads and avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams where water is above your ankles. If trapped in a vehicle during a flood, abandon it and climb to higher ground. In buildings, move valuables to a safe place above the expected flood level. Switch off electricity at the supply point to the building. Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to recognise flood dangers. Listen to the radio or TV for warnings and obey the instructions from disaster management officers.
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