Parts of Cape Town, Somerset West and the Strand experienced severe flooding after rain lashed the Western Cape yesterday and last night – Friday 15 Nov. Somerset West is without electricity after the Lourensford River came down in flood, the Vergelegen Mediclinic and a retirement home in Helderberg had to be evacuated and rockfalls and mudslides have made Chapman’s Peak Drive, Constantia Nek, Clarence Drive and the road between Camps Bay and Hout Bay impassable.

We recorded 90mm of rainfall from the morning of Friday 15 Nov till 5 am Saturday morning at our house on the mountainside in Risi View in Fish Hoek. This is the highest rainfall figure we have recorded in within a few hours since starting the log in 2008.

Annual rainfall figures for Fish Hoek mountainside. Credit: Harry von der Heyden

Annual rainfall figures for Fish Hoek mountainside. Credit: Harry von der Heyden

 

 

A 6am outing this morning to look for Leopard toadlets at the ponds on the golf course at Clovelly Country Club was fruitless in terms of findingLeopard toadlets but provided excellent photo opportunities!  As we left some golfers were teeing off despite the fact that only half the course was playable, the Silvermine River having burst its banks.

Photos: Viv von der Heyden

See also http://scenicsouth.co.za//2013/11/more-rainfall-figures-for-fish-hoekclovelly-and-images-of-flooded-silvermine-river-wetlands/

The Silvermine River breaks its banks flooding parts of the gold course at Clovelly Country Club. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

The Silvermine River breaks its banks flooding parts of the gold course at Clovelly Country Club. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

 

The Silvermine River breaks its banks flooding parts of the gold course at Clovelly Country Club. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

 

The Silvermine River breaks its banks flooding parts of the gold course at Clovelly Country Club. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

 

The Silvermine River breaks its banks flooding parts of the gold course at Clovelly Country Club. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

 

The Silvermine River breaks its banks flooding parts of the gold course at Clovelly Country Club. Photo: Viv of Scenic South

 

The Silvermine River breaks its banks flooding parts of the gold course at Clovelly Country Club. Photo: Viv of Scenic South