Cape Town can prepare for another serious cold front that’s expected to make landfall on Friday morning, bringing scattered rain showers to the city.
According to IOL, The South African Weather Service (SAWS) issued a warning that while Capetonians can expect partly cloudy conditions on Thursday, Friday will bring downpours that is said to last until next week Tuesday.
This cold front will be the second one to hit the city after Monday’s bout, which brought heavy rains that affected many vulnerable communities.
The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRM) said that it will remain on high alert to respond to any issues that the weather conditions will bring, IOL reports.
DRM spokesperson Chantel Alexander addressed the flooding concerns that have hit 12 communities in Khayelitsha and Marikana in Philippi: “City services have been placed on high alert to deal with any impacts brought on by the forecast. To date, DRM officials have been dispatched into several communities, lying between Philippi and Khayelitsha, after we received reports of flooding in these areas, following Wednesday’s heavy rains.
“On Tuesday afternoon, while there were no reports of flooding, officials were dispatched to Langa and Gugulethu, after we received reports of burst water mains.
“The City’s DRM centre is tasked with conducting flood assessments, based on reports received by the Disaster Operations Centre (DOC), that is why we send officials to sites to ascertain the types of services required, before we escalate the problem to the relevant department or service provider,” Alexander added.
All fire or weather-related incidents can be reported to the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre. Dial 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.
Residents are urged to report flooding concerns to the Transport Information Centre on 0800 65 64 63.