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Heavy rains continued to pile onto already saturated ground on Monday the 13 July 2009, on the 12 July 2009 a 24 hour rainfall of 91mm was measured in Somerset West with a further 31mm falling between 7pm on July 12th and 7am on July 13th. Putting the 36 hour total rainfall at 122mm. This heavy rain has left numerous roads closed off in the Cape Town area due to mud slides, overflowing rivers and general flooding.
At 11 am on Monday 13th July a band of high intensity rain passed through Somerset West dumping a likely 15+mm in a matter of minutes. Below is a radar image courtesy of the South African Weather Service showing the band of rain which passed through on Monday morning. Further heavy rain is expected, though things should calm down in the next 24 hours.
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