Cape Town will receive more heavy rainfall this evening as the South African Weather Services has advised that another cold front will pass over the metropole tonight with ample rainfall that will lead to more localised flooding, particularly in areas where flooding has already occurred.
Disaster Risk Management Officials have completed some assessments in Khayelitsha, Langa, Gugulethu, Imizamo Yethu and Mitchell’s Plain. Based on the assessments completed, no residents needed to be evacuated.
“However, the ground around the informal structures require milled sand and the dwellings need plastic sheeting to waterproof the roofs,” Charlotte Powell, City Disaster Risk Management spokesperson, said. “The Roads, Infrastructure and Management Department is still busy clearing stormwater systems in the affected areas of Gugulethu and Mitchells Plain. In Imizamo Yethu, a tree was uprooted and fell on two informal dwellings.”
The Recreation and Parks Department has been requested to remove the tree. The Disaster Operations Centre is still receiving calls from the public due to last night’s flooding and these assessments will be done during the course of the day.
“No roadways are currently closed due to last night’s flooding. Mopping up operations will continue throughout the day,” Powell said.
The public is reminded to please call the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre in the event of an emergency, by dialing 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.