The average level for dams across the Western Cape for the week starting 11 June was 25.9% (2017: 19.4%). Last week at this time the level was 23.8%.
Anton Bredell, the minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape says it is heartening to see dam levels increasing.
“Most major dams in the Western Cape are showing slight increases. The Voëlvlei dam (currently 25.5% full this week), the Theewaterskloof dam (20.8% full this week) and the Bergriver Dam (53% full this week) are all showing slight improvements. It’s also good to see Clanwilliam dam at 20.4%. A few weeks ago the dam was below 6%.”
Bredell has continued to warn that the drought is still far from over.
“A lot more rain is needed before the end of the winter season. The latest predictions indicate we are in for some cold and wet weather over the next ten days. From this Thursday (14 June) an intense cold front is expected in the Western Cape for what seems to be about a week.”
Bredell says the predictions indicate high ocean swells and lots of rain across the province.
“The detrimental effect is that we may see localised flooding in areas across the Western Cape and people may be exposed to the elements. We want to urge the public to be proactive over the next two to three days that are expected to be hot and dry, by preparing themselves for the expected cold and wet weather. In addition, when the bad weather strikes, and challenging situations do occur, the relevant disaster management entities should be contacted as quickly as possible. They will be ready to assist.”
The number to call in an emergency or case of flooding is 112. This number can be dialled toll-free from any cell phone.