Flooded areas a cause for concern

2018-06-14 06:00
The pathway of a preschool in Lwandle was flooded following the heavy rains to our shores last week. PHOTO: velani ludidi

The pathway of a preschool in Lwandle was flooded following the heavy rains to our shores last week. PHOTO: velani ludidi

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Much-needed rainfall in the Cape over the last couple of weeks has brought some relief, as the drought-stricken province’s dams levels have increased considerably.

But at the same time, the rainfall also led to Lwandle residents questioning whether the stormwater drainage system can handle the heavy downpour.

Following the cold front that hit at the weekend, various areas of Lwandle were flooded.

Earlier this week, Greenfield resident Siphokazi Siweli said: “It’s been days since it rained, but we still have to jump over pools of water in the road. The drains are blocked.”

The 29-year-old added that the City of Cape Town cannot put the blame on residents, as she believes the drainage system is faulty. Siweli called on the City to consider upgrading the stormwater system, or else many homes in the area would be flooded when it rained.

According to Tumiso Mlisa, the preschool his child attends is bearing the brunt of the “faulty” system, with the pathway leading to the school’s front door completely flooded. “The system was in working order, and we thought the water would be drained after a day, but it did not happen,” he said.

“I had keep my son home from school and find someone to look after him, which means I have to cough up more money.”

Anda Ntsodo, Mayoral Committee member for Area East, acknowledged the City is facing a challenge with the drains in the greater Lwandle and Nomzamo areas and provided a temporary solution.

“The city experienced quite severe storms over the past week, which has resulted in the drain issues,” Ntsodo said.

“City officials are in the process of clearing stormwater infrastructure within the area concerned.”

Despite the increase in dam levels after the rain, the City reiterated that all water restrictions must remain in place as the province is still experiencing a heavy drought. Residents are reminded they should use only 50 F of water per day to avoid the taps running dry.

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