It’s been a brutal week in the Cape winelands, with torrential rainfall over the Heritage Day long weekend spawning some of the most frightening flood events in recent memory.

While the entire Cape Peninsula took a pounding, the worst hit areas appear to be Franschhoek, the Hemel-en-Aarde and Elgin valleys, and the regions surrounding the Breede River (Robertson and Bonnievale). Over and above the loss of life and the destruction of infrastructure (no bridges remain over the Onrus River), the damage to vineyards and orchards has been extensive. ..

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