Rain and storm for Cpt

Geoff.D

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Poor/no tree pruning by COCT making them top heavy and Bob's your uncle.
Chopping off the anchor roots lifting the paving and tar in the parking area has no effect I suppose? :unsure:

Cant draw simple conclusions to apportion blame for things like this.


The truth is many believe bluegums have taproots and deep root systems because of how they grow in their home country Australia. The truth is however pretty obvious to anyone that wants to look closely at those photos.

Here is some info on bluegums, and why IF you want to grow them in areas of relatively rich soils with good rains, you need to leave their roots alone and not fiddle with the surface roots under any circumstances. Rather remove the tree altogether.

Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia, where the soil is so leached of nutrients that the trees stay smaller and their roots must dive deep in order to survive. These trees are not likely to suffer damage like that from strong storms and wind. However, eucalyptus trees are also cultivated in many parts of the world with richer soil. In more fertile soil, eucalyptus tree roots have no need to descend very far to search for nutrients. Instead, the trees grow tall and fast, and the roots spread horizontally near the surface of the soil. Experts say that 90 percent of a cultivated eucalyptus’s root system is found in the top 12 inches (30.5 cm.) of soil. This results in eucalyptus shallow root dangers and causes wind damage in eucalyptus among other issues. Eucalyptus Tree

Read more at Gardening Know How: Eucalyptus Tree Problems: How To Avoid Eucalyptus Tree Root Damage https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/eucalyptus/eucalyptus-tree-root-damage.htm
 
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Chopping off the anchor roots lifting the paving and tar in the parking area has no effect I suppose? :unsure:

Cant draw simple conclusions to apportion blame for things like this.
It's what happened to a poor old tree here in Paarl some time ago. Poor maintenance and it fell in the main road.
 

Gordon_R

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Corner of Harfield Village / Kenilworth. Rosmead avenue.
500m walk from my flat.

Edit: Tempting to go and look, but likely to be rather hard to access (and wet!?)

Edit: Not sure if I qualify as a reported during lockdown, and perimeter will be cordoned off by now. I already reported on damage to our block!
 
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News24 summary:
Offshore conditions likely to be brutal:
Marine forecaster and Wavescapes founder Steve Pike told News24 on Saturday that residents could expect to see massive swells on Saturday night and into Sunday morning. He estimated waves of around nine to 12 meters (30 to 40 foot), and some as high as 18 meters (60 foot) in certain areas.

"The storm behind the swell is a million square miles of wind. It's double the size of South Africa and it's coming right onto us," he said.

Because of this, the waves are likely to be of immense power and size. Pike suggested that ships or boats take shelter before conditions peak overnight.
Various storm damage so far:
Cape Town's disaster risk management centre spokesperson, Charlotte Powell, said three dwellings were destroyed when a large tree was uprooted in Victoria Lodge informal settlement in Southfield.

"Two structures were damaged in Lotus Park, Gugulethu, also due to a tree that was uprooted. More large trees were uprooted across the City in the following areas: Wynberg , Plumstead, Fish Hoek and Retreat. These incidents are being attended to by the recreation and parks department. Power outages were experienced in Philippi, Steenberg, Fish Hoek, Kensington, Hout Bay Plumstead and Gugulethu. The electricity department will attend to all reported outages. Various roads across the city were flooded and these are being attended to by the transport directorate," Powell said.
Wet onshore too:
 
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