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LOOK: Flash flood in Oudsthoorn sweeps woman off her feet

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Dec 7, 2021

The town of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa’s Western Cape is on high alert as heavy rainfall continues to cause river swells.

Flash floods in Oudsthoorn

A new video shows the extent of the rainfall, in which a woman is swept off her feet.

The video – shared on Facebook by Joe Booysen – shows a woman in the stream before a man manages to pull her from the water.

According to Cape Town etc more rainfall is also expected throughout the week in the region after the South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a weather warning for certain parts of the Western Cape.

Ever since warnings of severe thunderstorms were issued by the Oudstrhoon municipality, several homes have been destroyed and families were displaced after strong winds, heavy rain and widespread flooding continued to wreak havoc.

Rainfall in Oudsthoorn

News24 reports further that the Oudtshoorn municipality warned of increased water levels of a river that flows from the Cango Caves on Monday, 6 December. The municipality described the increased flow as “extremely dangerous”.

“We urge residents not to cross any of the low water bridges in town as there might be debris in the water,” the Oudtshoorn municipality said in a statement.

LEVEL 2 SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS

Please take note that severe thunderstorms leading to floods and large amounts of small hails are to be expected on Sat, 04 Dec until Mon, 06 Dec 2021.

If possible please stay indoors, DO NOT seek shelter under trees and tall objects.#TakeNote

— Oudtshoorn Municipality (@Oudtmun) December 3, 2021

Rising water levels remain a concern

A measurement taken on 6 December in Oudsthoorn showed 38mm rainfall, even though more rain fell in the catchment area after the measurement was taken. The actual rainfall was estimated to measure between 40mm and 50mm. 

Cango Wildlife Ranch tourism manager Tammy Moult said the facility was mopping up after heavy rains a week ago.

She said they were positioned alongside the river, so rising water levels remained a concern.

“The water is coming down quite hard but we, fortunately, have about a three-hour warning from the Cango Caves before the water reaches us. The animals are all safe and in a dry space.”

On high alert

The SABC in the Western Cape also reported that disaster management head, Adel Supra-Vertue, confirmed that they remain on high alert as rain continues to fall throughout the area.

“We had a cloud burst that caused some floods. Some of the roofs in town, as well as outside of town, got some wind damage as well as trees that fell into houses.

“We have some damages in Meiringspoort as well but our majority concern is our area in Bonglethu which was hit hard with the wind and rain,” Supra-Vertue said.

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