Western Cape: Prepare properly for storms ahead

3 min read 06 June 2017

A severe winter cold front will affect Cape Town and the South Western Cape from this evening until Thursday morning. Gale force north westerly winds of up to 70-80km/hour will develop tonight and will be coupled with heavy rain. Leading short-term insurer, Santam’s, weather partner Africa Weather, has warned that a second band of heavy persistent rain is also likely to develop during tomorrow afternoon and will follow into the evening, before becoming scattered showers overnight. In the midst of a catastrophic drought, news of the much needed rain is welcome however rain of this magnitude always carries the risk of flooding. 

Santam's head of personal lines underwriting, Attie Blaauw says motorists and home owners are advised to take precautions as the risk of flooding may be heightened during periods of drought. Says Blaauw:  “During a drought the ground becomes harder and more compact so it is less porous for the water to soak through.  Being as prepared as possible will help prevent flooding damaging your property or even decreasing the risk of a flood-related car accident.” 

Blaauw says having a short-term insurance policy which covers your risks well in the event of a claim is also critical during times of adverse weather conditions. “Ensure that your home, its contents, as well as your vehicle, is properly insured so that your insurer can pay out your claim.”  In tandem with Africa Weather, Santam will issue weather warnings to policyholders who may be affected by the storm. Blaauw offers some tips to motorists and homeowners ahead of the expected big rains this week. 

Precautions for motorists:

Precautions for home owners: 

Last-minute measures homeowners can take if water levels rise

In the event of flooding

Easy renovations to avoid future damage from flood water

Santam policyholders are reminded that they can speak to their broker, call Santam’s 24/7 claims and emergency helpline 0860 505 911 or lodge a query via the Santam client site or Santam app