Cape Town – Capetonians should take advantage of the warm weather today while they can, as the SA Weather Service (Saws) issued a weather warning indicating that an intense cold front will arrive on Wednesday.
Cape Town’s Disaster Risk Management Center (DRM) spokesperson Charlotte Powell said she received a weather warning from Saws about wet weather conditions.
“An intense cold front is expected to make landfall on Wednesday, with strong gales, rain and rough seas. All city departments and external agencies will be on standby to deal with the forecast adverse weather conditions, ”said Powell.
“We remind residents to remove any potential blockages around their homes and to keep gutters and downspouts clean.
“In low areas, please dig a trench around your house if possible, to allow water to drain and reduce the risk of localized flooding.”
The city of Cape Town recently rolled out its winter preparedness plan.
Last Friday, Felicity Purchase, the city’s Mayco member for transportation, visited Site B in Khayelitsha to oversee efforts that are part of the city’s overall winter readiness program.
One of the roads and infrastructure crews cleared gullies in areas prone to flooding in winter. Teams from the City’s road and infrastructure depots are also targeting areas most affected by illegal dumping and blocked storm sewers.
The capacity of the depots is increased through the temporary employment of workers from the Expanded Public Works Program. The City said it was able to reach as many areas as possible before the winter rains.
For any service request or emergency related to weather conditions due to the coming cold front, residents are advised to call the City’s Public Emergency Communication Center by dialing 0214807700 from a mobile phone or 107 from a landline.