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Warning of Adverse Weather and Rough Seas Puts City on High Alert

Reduce Your Flood Risk During Heavy Rains

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The Disaster Risk Management Centre has been advised by the South African Weather Service of adverse, cold and wet conditions in Cape Town this winter.

Weather Warnings issued
indicate that heavy rain (as high as 50mm or more) and strong gale force winds accompanied by high seas are expected over the Cape Metropole during the winter months.

The Disaster Risk Managemen
t Teams will remain on high alert during the winter months, ready to respond to any emergencies that may arise, following the cold, wet and rainy weather.

Cape Town residents are requested to prepare for this adverse weather well in advance..

Cape Town’s weather conditions
have the potential to cause significant damage to public and private-owned coastal property. Residents are therefore advised to have a plan-of-action in place in case of emergencies.

Members of the public are
urged to stay away from areas such as Sea Point Promenade, Atlantic Seaboard, False Bay Coastline and Strand/Gordon’s Bay beachfront areas during heavy rain and stormy conditions.

Private homeowners living close to the beach need to be prepared for possible storm surge impacts to their property.

Be ready for when the storms come by using the following methods to reduce your flood risk:

• Check that the private drainage facilities on your property are checked and maintained in good working order.
• Check for dead and burnt trees that could fall onto the property, and notify the authorities if there is a danger.
• Place sandbags where necessary to protect critical areas.
• If your neighbour’s boundary walls are diverting mountain slope and stream run-off onto your property, bring this to their attention, as it is illegal to divert such run-off onto another property.
• If there is a threat of severe flooding or debris flow to your property, select a route through the property that will cause the least damage (such as a pathway or stairs) and use sandbags to try and confine the flow to that route.
• Raise the floor level of your house to be higher than the land outside.
• Listen to weather warnings that are issued by the South African Weather Service.
• Check the terms of your insurance policy with regard to flood and mud damage.

For more information on weather warnings visit the City of Cape Town’s website: capetown.gov.za/disaster.

Residents can also call the following numbers to report emergencies:


To report all emergencies: 107 or 021 480 7700 (from a cell phone)
To report flooding: 0860 103 054
Disaster Operations Centre: 021 597 5000

Done prepping your property for the harsh winter weather? Learn how the City of Cape Town is aiming to weather the storms this winter.

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