Sunday, 31 March 2013

Strong winds wreaks havoc – trees uprooted across Cape Town

Yesterday the gale force winds that were experienced in Cape Town wreaked havoc.

GARDENS: The winds have blown down trees at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Orange Street in Gardens.

BERGVLIET: A tree had fallen resulting in the obstruction of traffic adjacent to 13 Fountain Road, Bergvliet.

OTTERY: A tree was blown down touching on overhead electricity wires resulting in arching at 1 Wegner Avenue, Ottery.

CONSTANTIA: The wind blown down branches and a tree onto the roadway causing traffic congestion at 1 Dreyer Close, Constantia.

CONSTANTIA: A tree standing on the greenbelt has fallen over that resulted in damaging a boundary wall and an electric fence. The City of Cape Town will be clearing the area today as the owner was not present to gain access to the premises.

TOKAI: A tree fell over obstructing the roadway near 47 Zwaanswyk Road, Tokai.

The City’s law enforcement authorities closed off the roadways and redirected traffic to make use of alternative routes in the interest of public safety.

The standby teams of the City’s Parks Department were activated that cleared up the branches blown down and trees that were fallen.

In another incident a wendy house collapsed due to strong winds at St Yusuf Street Macassar yesterday afternoon. The City’s disaster response teams assisted the family consisting of 3 adults and 1 child with food parcels, clothing, blankets and building material.

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Issued by: Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, Head: Systems Integration, Special Projects & Disaster Operations, Disaster Risk Management Centre, City of Cape Town

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