All hands on deck in Cape as winter nears

2013-05-27 22:19
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Cape Town - As winter rolls in, the City in Cape Town has called on all its departments to ensure the safety of its citizens.

The City announced its 2013 Winter Plan on Monday, which includes a maintenance plan, emergency stand-by services and even help for NGOs.

Brett Heron, mayoral committee (mayco) member for transport, roads and stormwater, said:  "Measures are already in place to prepare for any potential storm damage relating to the change in weather, such as flooding.”

He said the Cape Town is geared to deal with any major emergency or crisis events that require a multi-disciplinary reaction by specialised disaster response teams to safeguard the general public, property, environment and livelihoods.

The nine high-risk areas that are being prioritised include informal settlements in Fisantekraal, Philippi, Gugulethu and Strand.

Early warning

The City’s Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Centre has entered into an agreement with the Swartland Municipality to institute an Early Warning System.

The agreement ensures that the City is notified in the event of heavy rainfall, which may result in the Diep River flooding.

Herron said: "We need the assistance of the public - they will be the first ones to notice a developing problem, such as a blocked drain.

If they raise the alarm early, it can mean the difference between wide-spread flooding and localised problems.”

The City appeals to residents not to dispose of waste into drains or stormwater systems as this will cause a blockage and create an overflow downstream.

Wilfred Schrevian Evan Solomons-Johannes, spokesperson for disaster management, said a number of City departments have prepared specific measures for this year’s Winter Plan.

This includes the maintenance by the roads and stormwater department, flood risk reduction measurements, information pamphlet drives, and an emergency stand-by service.

Mayco member Suzette Little said the social development and early childhood development will also provide additional resources and support to NGOs.

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