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Cape Town received much-needed rain on Thursday as the province battles with the worst drought to ever hit its shores in over 100 years.

The heavy rains caused floods and road closures in several suburbs across the town.

Head of public awareness at Disaster Risk Management Charlotte Powell says about 600 homes were damaged in the Belhar area.

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Trees have been uprooted and power lines came down as well as mudslides in the Hout Bay area, which resulted in extensive damage. Schools were also damaged in the Parow and Good Wood area.

Charlotte Powell, Head of public awareness at Disaster Risk Management

All City services are out trying to restore service, clearing out roadways and blocked drains and seeing to vulnerable communities in the informal settlements.

Charlotte Powell, Head of public awareness at Disaster Risk Management

Spokesperson for Department of Water and Sanitation, Sputnik Ratau says the rains are a good sign for the drought-stricken province.

Different dams have gone up in different ways and we do hope we will be able to see a good amount coming into the supply system.

Sputnik Ratau, Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation

According to Ratau, the dam levels are higher than they were last year this time:

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Cape Town water crisis: not yet out of the woods, but looking promising

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