Rain floods Killarney International Raceway in Cape Town

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The heavy rains brought to the Cape Town by a series of cold fronts have led to flooding in many parts of the city. Killarney International Raceway – hallowed ground to motorsport enthusiasts in the city – was also affected.

KILLARNEY RACEWAY FLOODED

Killarney International Raceway management posted photographs of the flooded facility to social media on Tuesday, 14 June.

According to the post, parts of the track, including the Interceptor corner, and the subway were flooded “after an epic rainstorm last night.”

The water in the subway, which is used by vehicles to access the race track’s infield, was nearly touching the roof.

Killarney said its maintenance manager has been at Cape Town’s only race circuit for 25 years and has never seen flooding to this extent before. Maintenance staff at the circuit are pumping water out of the subway and clearing the track.

The flooded subway. Photo: Facebook / Killarney International Raceway.

ANIMAL HOSPITAL FLOODED

At 12:30 on Tuesday, the City of Cape Town’s Disaster Management provided a situation update.

Damaged properties, flooded roads and blocked drains were reported in Kleinvlei, Ravensmead, Goodwood, Strand, Riverside, Bonteheuwel, Belhar, Maitland and Bellville South.

“An animal hospital was also affected by flooding in Kaapzicht. The Road Infrastructure Management Department is clearing roadways and unblocking drains,” said spokesperson, Charlotte Powell.

Powell said rainfall stations in the Cape Metropole recorded between 34 and 124mm of rain in a short period over the last 24 hour measuring period. This accumulation severely tested the capacity of stormwater systems.

“Weather related power outages are experienced across the city and are being attended to by the Electricity Department,” added the spokesperson.

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