The SA Weather Service has cautioned Western Cape residents of another cold front due to make landfall tomorrow. Disruptive rainfall, strong winds and wave heights up to 6 metres can be expected.
The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management spokesperson Charlotte Powell says services are on stand-by to assist with any weather-related incidents including the clearing of flooded roadways, blocked drains and trees. Emergencies can be reported to the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre via 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.
Powell says residents can also help reduce flood risk by
• Clearing out drainage systems
• Raising the floor level of a structure so that it is higher than the natural ground level
• Making sandbags
• Digging trenches around the house to divert water away
• Reporting blocked drains, intakes and illegal dumping – illegal dumping in the storm water canals and sewers makes flooding worse.