Torrential rainfall causes flooding in Breede Valley and Klein Karoo regions

Posted by David Henning on 22 October 2021

Regions in the Overberg and Klein Karoo received torrential yesterday, 21 October that caused severe flooding in some areas. This was after SA Weather services issued a warning of severe thunderstorms in the region and predicted localised flooding in much of the Cape.

The rain hit some drought-stricken areas of the Cape, ‘We hope to see good rains provide some welcome weather relief in this regard,’ said local MEC for Environmental Affairs Anton Bredell while heeding caution, ‘[we] must warn the public about the high likelihood of severe disruptions due to the severity of the storm.’

The regions of Breede Valley and Klein Karoo saw intense flooding, which caused some road closures. ‘The lightning was hectic. Two strikes were on our mountain, so we packed up and stopped working as I’ve never been that close to a lightning strike before. Where the light and sound are almost at the same time,’ said Calvyn, a local resident who lives between Montagu and Barrydale. ‘No damage luckily, but our swales and dams are fuller than I have ever seen them… and they were empty yesterday!’

Below are scenes of the Keisie River in Montagu.


Near Montagu, Pietersfontontein dam’s tributaries were also in full flood as torrents of water flowed towards the dam.

Further North, the town of Calvinia in the Northern Cape also received generous rainfall, causing more localised flooding.

Pictures: Supplied


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