Eyewitnesses on Twitter say flooding on Strand Street, De Waal Drive, and the Nelson Mandela Boulevard and FW de Klerk Boulevard split, is hampering traffic going out of the Cape Town CBD.
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Traffic update: Cape Town
Flooding on Strand Street, the elevated freeway at the FW de Klerk Blvd/Nelson Mandela Blvd split, and De Waal Drive is hampering traffic out of the city, eyewitnesses say.
The adverse weather conditions are expected to continue across large parts of the Western Cape until Thursday.
Provincial spokesperson for minister of local government, environmental affairs and development planning James-Brent Styan said heavy rain can still be expected in the Overberg and Peninsula region, along the West Coast, its adjacent interior and the Cape Winelands.
“In addition gale force wind and very cold weather conditions can be expected,” he said.
More than 9000 people have been affected by flooding in Cape Town, the City’s Disaster Risk Management has confirmed.
Spokesperson Charlotte Powell said NGOs have been called in to assist with blankets and hot meals for 6000 people in Philippi and 3200 in Khayelitsha after 2300 homes were affected by heavy rains.
Here are 13 tips from Arrive Alive (AA) on how best to manage driving in bad weather:
– Ensure your headlights and brake lights are working;
– Switch on your headlights, especially when natural light is low. Remember this also alerts other drivers to your presence on the road;
– Ensure your windscreen and wipers are in good condition;
– Check that your tyres are in good shape;
– Don’t speed, and maintain a safe following distance;
– Buckle up;
– Don’t cross low-lying bridges, even if you think your car can make it;
– Slow down before entering standing water on the road as this may cause the car to “pull” to the side without warning, and it may be deeper than it looks;
– Avoid areas where there are known to be adverse conditions;
– Adjust your speed for the condition of the road. Just because a road is marked at 120km, doesn’t mean it is safe to travel at this speed in all conditions;
– Concentrate on the road, not on anything else such as electronic devices;
– If you are going to an area known to have bad weather, and there is a possibility you may to stuck for extended periods, remember to take extra blankets, appropriate clothing and refreshments, and ensure your tank has enough fuel for the journey;
– Keep your cellphone charged in case of an emergency.