Mon. Dec 16th, 2019

Cape Town in the dark: List of power cuts, water shortages on Saturday

Cape Town power cutsWhen it rains, it pours: The adverse weather in Cape Town has brought power cuts and water shortages to residents all across the Mother City.

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The double-edged sword of the Cape Town rainfall has struck again over the past 24 hours. Despite the drought-threatened city receiving some much-needed water for the dams, flash floods and extensive property damage have occurred across the municipality. Power cuts and water shortages have also been reported.

Areas of Khayelitsha and the eastern suburbs of Cape Town have seen some roofs blown off of residential properties. Meanwhile, fallen trees and debris in the road has caused a number of traffic issues on Saturday morning. However, most of these incidents were resolved by midday.

Power cuts in Cape Town latest

In fact, the storm hasn’t been particularly kind to any of the locals. Many city-dwellers in the following regions lost their electricity on Friday night, and were still without power well into Saturday afternoon.

  • Sporadic areas of Cape Town, including Tamboerskloof and Vredehoek.
  • Sybrand Park.
  • Claremont (Eden and Ethel Road).
  • Plumstead (White Road and Surr).
  • Milnerton.
  • Bellville.
  • Parow.
  • Athlone.
  • Big Bay and Melkbosstrand (entire area).
  • Durbanville (Tyger Valley Road, Poplar Farm and Surr).

Water shortages in Cape Town – updates:

The misery has been compounded for those living on the outskirts of town. As well as losing electricity, some locations have also seen their water supply disrupted due to the adverse weather conditions:

  • Regent Road, Parklands.
  • Klip Road, Grassy Park.
  • Vygie Way, Durbanville.
  • The water supply in Protea Village has been restored.

Road blockages reported

Charlotte Powell is a Spokesperson for the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre. She revealed that several well-populated areas of the Mother City had a nasty shock when trees were felled by 100km/h winds:

Trees have been uprooted in Claremont, Southfield, Observatory. We also have reports in Philippi and Strand and in Khayelitsha and then in Kenwyn in Woodbridge Road, five huge trees have been uprooted that are blocking roadways.

Charlotte Powell

One of the culprits for the city-wide power cuts is the substation in Athlone. Footage uploaded to Twitter in the early hours of Saturday shows a fire breaking out at the power source. The city is working to restore all services throughout the day, but many homes remain without electricity as of 15:00 on Saturday.

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