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Watch: drought-stricken Karoo “welcomes” flash floods as river flow for the first time in years

Dams servicing the Karoo stand at just over 20% full – a number likely to change after this weekend

There was a sense of relief in Karoo on Sunday as the drought stricken area received so much need rain water.

Karoo has been among the worst-affected part of the Western Cape during the drought period and the flashed floods received on Sunday are most welcome.

Over the weekend, flash floods and heavy rains battered the most of the Western Cape’s remote areas with some places receiving a 20mm rainfall within 30 minutes, causing streets to flood and roads to be completely blocked off.

According to Storm Report SA, Keisiesriver river in the Western Cape started flowing for the first time in 3-4 years following the torrent of rain received over the weekend.

Dams servicing the Karoo stand at just over 20% full – a number likely to change after this weekend. Nonetheless, places like Beaufort West in the Gouritz catchment will be all-too-aware that more rainfall is needed to drag them out of the doldrums.

More: The South African

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