WATCH | 'I had to get out quickly': Car swept off road as flash floods hit Cape Town

26 April 2018 - 14:14 By TimesLIVE

A car had to be hoisted out of a hole after heavy rains hit Cape Town overnight on April 25 2018. Residents say this road is washed away every year, leaving the residents stranded until the water is drained.

“I had to get out very quickly.”

This is how a motorist described reacting as his car was sucked nose first into a sinkhole‚ as a pavement collapsed after heavy overnight rains that caused flooding in Cape Town.

The man told eNCA that he was waiting to pick up a friend in Delft when the car “just started disappearing to the one side. I tried to steady it but to no avail. (It was) too heavy for us‚” he said‚ as bewildered neighbours took in the scene.

A car was sucked nose first into a sinkhole in Delft after heavy overnight rains caused flooding in Cape Town.
A car was sucked nose first into a sinkhole in Delft after heavy overnight rains caused flooding in Cape Town.
Image: Gadija Francis
A car was sucked nose first into a sinkhole in Delft after heavy overnight rains caused flooding in Cape Town.
A car was sucked nose first into a sinkhole in Delft after heavy overnight rains caused flooding in Cape Town.
Image: Gadija Francis

Motorists in Cape Town were cautioned to travel with extra care on Thursday due to flooding across the metropole and beyond.

Some of the areas affected included sections of road between Table View and Milnerton‚ Edgemead Drive‚ Chapmans Peak and Delft.

Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Charlotte Powell said that several informal settlements had been affected by flooding around the city‚ including parts of Khayelitsha: “Assessments are under way. Humanitarian relief has been requested from Sassa.”

Roads were also flooded in Uitsig‚ Elsies River‚ Gugulethu and Khayelitsha. “Roads and Stormwater crews have been activated‚” she added.

In the north‚ the N1 was reopened at 4am after yesterday's protest action. Truckers heading towards the Drakensberg are however reporting problems on the N3.

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