Flood warning for Cape as heavy rains expected

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Cape Town - Heavy rainfall and a strong to gale-force north-westerly winds are predicted for the Mother City for at least the next three to four days.

According to warnings issued by the South African Weather Services, flooding and heavy rains were expected over the Cape Town metro area, Overberg and the western parts of the Cape Winelands from Friday afternoon into the early morning of Saturday.

The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre and other departments were on high alert and ready to respond to any potential weather related emergencies, council officials said in a statement.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, advised the public to stay away from beachfront areas and to be extra careful on the roads.

“We generally notice an increase in the number of road accidents during wet weather periods,” he said.

Mayco member for human settlements, Benedicta van Minnen, said mitigation measures had been put in place at informal settlement in low-lying, flood-prone areas, but warned that flooding and mudslides may still occur.

“Due to the very nature of flooding, this cannot be completely prevented as rainfall often exceeds the design capacity of the stormwater system,” she said.

Van Minnen advised those living in informal settlements to request sand from the City of Cape Town to raise the floor levels of their dwellings to help keep water out.

Residents were also urged to clear out drainage systems on their properties, dig trenches around their homes to divert water and clear gutters to help avoid flooding.

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