City prepares for rain

2015-05-05 06:00

In an attempt to reduce the risk of flooding and mudslides after the recent fires on the South Peninsula mountains, the City of Cape Town has started work on high-risk areas of the mountainside.

According to a statement released last week, the vegetation which normally holds soils in place has been destroyed by the fire and these conditions place some locations of the mountainside at risk of destabilisation in very wet weather. This, the statement says, may result in mudslides and flooding.

The work planned includes the installation of silt-trapping fences at various locations, the placement of gabion structures to reinforce slopes and trap loose rock and sediments and the creation of sandbag berms along some roads to cut off and redirect excessive flows.

Special attention is also being given to ensuring that existing stormwater infrastructure is kept clean throughout the winter.

Although the work will continue through­out winter, the likelihood of flooding depends on the severity of the coming rains.

Intense storms, especially early in the season, may overwhelm the City’s best efforts.

With this in mind, residents who think that their properties may be threatened are advised to also do some work within their property boundaries.

For instance, if there is a threat of severe flooding and debris flowing through the property, homeowners should use sandbags to try and direct excess flow in such a way that damage to the property is minimised.


For more information contact the asset management and maintenance district office on 021 710 8003 or To report blocked drains call 0800 65 64 63

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