24 June 2015
The City of Cape Town’s Human
Settlements Directorate has urged residents to put measures in place to
decrease the risk of flooding in low-lying areas.
Over a week ago more than 3
600 people were affected by flooding across the Cape Peninsula with 1 500 structures
City of Cape Town’s Mayoral
Committee Member for Human Settlements Benedicta van Minnen said the Cities
Human Settlement’s Directorate urges residents who resides in low lying flood
areas to help reduce the flooding risk with a number of mechanisms, including
raising the floors of their home so that they are higher than the natural
Communities in the informal
settlements can contact the cities call centre on 0860 103 089 to request
sand to raise their levels to keep water out of their dwellings.
Meannwhile, the City of Cape
Town has emphasised that while it has done all it can to mitigate the impact of
the winter season, flooding and mudslides may still occur due to variable
“The City’s Benedicta van
Minnen who gives advice on overflowing of drainage systems said, we also appeal
to residences to assist by clearing up drainage systems, moving to higher
ground if they stay in flood flat areas and report blocked drains and illegal
dumping and clearing gutters by removing tree branches” van Minnen added.
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