City continue mop-up efforts

2019-07-24 16:13
Flooding after heavy rains in Khayelitsha (Supplied)

Flooding after heavy rains in Khayelitsha (Supplied)

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The City of Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Centre has logged 176 incidents across Cape Town following the cold front that made landfall this week.

According to a statement released on Wednesday 24 July, the incidents include flooding, power outages and fallen trees or structural damage. 

There were 43 flooding-related incidents; 122 power outages across the metropole; nine incidents of trees that had blown over or fallen branches and two incidents where roofs were blown off in Masiphumelele in Fish Hoek and Burundi informal settlement in Mfuleni. 

Operationally, the status of reported incidents at present is as follows:

  • 3 640 structures affected in Masiphumelele, Imizamo Yethu, Khayelitsha, Burundi, Nomzamo and Wallacedene.
  • Fallen trees were reported in Parow, Edgemead, Crawford, Panorama, Durbanville and Brackenfell.
  • Roads flooded across the city - most notably in Wallacedene, as well as Pelican Park, Ottery and Diep River. 
  • Power outages in Strand, Bonteheuwel, Observatory, Noordhoek, Joe Slovo Park, Athlone, Wynberg, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Sunnydale, Rondebosch, Philippi, Mitchell’s Plain, Hout Bay and Plumstead.

Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith says this situation will change as repair teams make their way through the list of reported incidents. 

“We ask that residents please bear with us, as assessments have to be completed for purposes of record, before assistance like flood kits can be provided. The City did make emergency shelter available to the affected communities; however, these offers have not been accepted. We have also informed SASSA around the need for humanitarian relief,” he says.

The City reminds residents of the following tips when making a call for help:

  • Once you have dialled the number and are through to the operator, give them your contact number first so they can call you back if you lose connection. 
  • Always give your full name.
  • Describe your location as accurately as you can, as the operator might not necessarily know your neighbourhood like you do.
  • Give details of your emergency and  let the operator guide the conversation — they have been trained to ask the most pertinent questions.
  • Stay on the line as long as possible. 

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