Wed. Jul 24th, 2024
Flood

Cape Town residents are being urged to exercise extreme caution as the city continues to be battered by heavy rains and strong winds. Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has advised citizens to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel as the storm persists.

City Drenched by Record Rainfall

Since the weekend, Cape Town has received over 200mm of rain, with weather forecasts predicting an additional 40-60mm daily leading up to Thursday, July 11. The South African Weather Service has issued a Level 8 weather warning for Thursday, indicating the potential for further severe weather conditions.

Rivers Overflowing, Infrastructure Under Strain

The relentless downpour has caused the Liesbeek, Lotus, and Eerste Rivers to overflow their banks. Mayor Hill-Lewis has emphasized the dangers of fast-flowing water and urged residents to avoid attempting to cross flooded canals or streams.

City Responds with Emergency Measures

The City of Cape Town has activated its response plan, with frontline teams deployed in Khayelitsha, Dunoon, and other heavily impacted areas. These teams are working tirelessly to address flooding, clear blocked drains, and assist residents in need.

Proactive Measures Mitigate Impact

In the months leading up to winter, the City conducted extensive cleaning and maintenance of over 220 kilometers of sewer and stormwater infrastructure. These proactive efforts are believed to have lessened the potential damage caused by the current storm.

Supporting Vulnerable Residents

Recognizing the plight of residents most affected by the storm, the City has distributed over 4,500 flood kits to vulnerable communities in informal settlements. Additionally, Mayor Hill-Lewis has issued a call to action for donations of essential items such as non-perishable food, hygiene products, nappies, baby formula, blankets, and building materials.

Donation Drop-off Points and Contact Information

Residents who wish to contribute to relief efforts can drop off donations at any of the following fire stations: Goodwood, Lakeside, Ottery, Roeland Street, Sir Lowry’s Pass, and Strand. A dedicated donations hotline is also available at 021 597 5042 (between 8am and 6pm). Donations can also be coordinated via email at disaster.donations@capetown.gov.za.

For emergencies, residents are advised to contact the City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre at 021 480 7700.

Stay Safe, Cape Town!

The City of Cape Town is working diligently to manage the storm’s impact and ensure the safety of its residents. By following safety precautions, staying informed, and supporting those in need, Cape Town can weather this storm together.

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