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Garden Route Dam overflowing

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Mop-up operations have started in George following floods in parts of the city caused by downpours overnight into Tuesday morning.

The Garden Route District Municipality says the Garden Route dam has reached its full capacity and is overflowing.

More than 180mm of rain has been measured in the Touws River area while more than 100 mm fell at the Botanical Gardens.

Meanwhile, more than 25 people have been evacuated to the Blanco community hall in George.

The George municipality says reports have been received of 24 homes that flooded in the municipal area and one partial collapse of a structure in Herold.

Up with Down, Blanco and Geelhoutboom primary schools were affected by flooding.

The municipality says several schools have closed for the day.

George Disaster Management Services remains on standby to attend to any emergencies. 

Mossel Bay

The Mossel Bay Municipality has successfully opened a channel at Great Brak River to release flood water that has been building up since Monday.

The Moordkuil River in Leeukloof outside Mossel Bay is also in flood and surrounding areas are currently inaccessible.

Meanwhile, motorists on the Garden Route are cautioned to drive with care.

Premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde says, that although conditions have stabilised in the Western parts of the province, there is heavy rainfall and rising water levels in the Garden Route district that authorities will continue to monitor.

More rain is expected in the area throughout the day.

Earlier on Tuesday several passes were closed and motorists and pedestrians are advised to stay off the roads if possible.

This story has been updated with additional information.