The City of Cape Town’s disaster response teams remain on high alert as a result of the severe weather system that is developing, and which is set to bring heavy rainfall as from Thursday night and Friday over the Cape Peninsula.
The South African Weather Service has informed the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre of the following weather watches that have been issued:
- WATCH: Heavy falls of rain Thursday night and Friday over the Cape Metro, Overberg; including the southern parts of Cape Winelands and West Coast Districts.
- WATCH: Localised flooding is expected on Thursday night and Friday in the Cape Metro, Overberg, southern parts of Cape Winelands and the West Coast Districts.
- WATCH: Disruptive snowfalls are expected over the western high-ground of Western Cape and south-western highground of the Northern Cape late on Thursday spreading to the southern-eastern highground of the Western Cape on Friday.
The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre has analysed the weather watch and is preparing for the potential heavy rains in the Cape Peninsula that will extend over the weekend.
The situation will result in the already wet soil in low-lying areas being saturated, and the above normal river levels will make areas vulnerable to flooding.
There is also a risk of landslides, mudslides and rockfalls on the City’s mountainous areas, and particularly where there are steep slopes due to periodic heavy rains. Residents who live in these areas are advised to ensure that they take precautionary measures and to consult with their private insurance companies for appropriate cover for emergency repairs to be undertaken.
Useful contact numbers:
- Flooding, blocked drains and service disruptions: Dial 0860 103 089 or SMS to 31373.
- Electricity outages/disruptions: Dial 0860 103 089 or SMS to 31220.
- Road Closures: The City’s Transport Information Centre can be contacted on 0800 65 64 63 regarding delays on roadways and deviations.
- Weather Reports: listen to alerts on the radio and television, or visit www.weathersa.co.za , or call the weatherline at 082 162.
- Emergencies: Dial 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone. The sooner you phone, the sooner help will arrive.
The City’s disaster response teams are in close contact with the South African Weather Service in order to keep a watchful eye on the inclement weather conditions.
For further information regarding storms, gale-force winds, snowfall, landslides, mudslides and rockfalls as well as precautionary measures to prevent damage, please visit the Disaster Risk Management Centre’s website.