According to news reports, it was quite a hefty storm that drenched Cape Town this weekend. Heavy flooding has occurred in residential areas, residents have had to be evacuated – mainly from informal settlements in low-lying areas, storm water drains aren’t able to cope, torrents of water are flowing through gardens and houses, there’ve been rock slides on exposed slopes, and parts of the M3 were so deep under water that cars had to drive veeeery slowly to avoid flooding their engines. Well, that was our experience too yesterday afternoon.
Both the Black River and the Liesbeeck River burst its banks, necessitating the temporary closure of the M5, which meant that commuters couldn’t follow their usual routes from the N1 via the M5 to the N2, and vice versa. Predictably, there was rush hour chaos this morning, with numerous accidents being reported. The rain was still pelting us this morning. Parts of Rondebosch, Newlands and Observatory are under water, and lots of cars have gotten stuck. (More here.)
In the midst of this deluge, it was really comforting to see this beautiful rainbow as a reminder that the sun will shine again.