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Mopping up operations continue following latest cold front <p>​The City’s Disaster Operations Centre is the first port of call when residents need assistance winter storms and therefore DRMC plays an important role in coordinating various City departments to react to damage such as uprooted trees blocking road ways, blocked canals, roofs that are blown off, affected structures in informal settlements or other damages that poses a threat to life and property. </p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/DRMOP3.jpeg" alt="" style="width:1900px;" /> </figure><p>​Teams from the Disaster Operations Centre went out to the various affected areas to do onsite assessments and to initiate mopping up operations together with other City departments.</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/DRMOP2.jpeg" alt="" style="width:1425px;" /> </figure></span></span><p>‘Apart from coordinating assistance to communities affected by winter storms, Disaster Risk Management staff together with volunteers are also assisting with humanitarian relief by facilitating soup donations to vulnerable communities. This was made possible in partnership with the Woodstock Brewery Company and Blue Ribbon Bakery and we are grateful for their acts of caring and assistance,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/DRMOP1.jpeg" alt="" style="width:1425px;" /> </figure>​The City’s Disaster Risk Management Centre confirms that due to gale force winds on Saturday, trees were uprooted in various areas, causing damage to structures and vehicles in areas such as Lotus Park, Gugulethu, Wynberg, Plumstead, Fish Hoek and Retreat. These incidents are being attended to by the City’s Recreation and Parks Department.</span><p>Various City departments are busy with an assessment and clean-up process across the metropole and a final report on damages due to the severe weather conditions will only be concluded once assessments of all areas are completed. </p><p>Apart from assisting communities during severe winter weather conditions, the City does not put its enforcement efforts on hold. </p><p>In this regard, the City’s Metro Police officers arrested 11 suspects in the past week for various offences including theft of copper cables, domestic violence and driving while under the influence of alcohol. Officers also assisted the South African Police Service in apprehending two suspects who were found in possession of remote jamming devices. </p><p>On the roads, the City’s Traffic Service arrested six suspects, impounded 11 vehicles and issued 23 267 fines for various transgressions. </p><p>‘Our officers stay committed and are dedicated to assisting those in need – to educate and to advise the public on how to stay safe. Our Law Enforcement, Metro Police and Traffic Services continue to enforce the City’s by-laws and respond to community complaints where the safety of our residents are under threat. Our volunteers, whether through soup kitchens, neighbourhood watches or disaster management make a significant impact in caring for everyone in our City and we appreciate all their efforts in ensuring the safety and comfort of our communities,’ added Alderman Smith. </p><p><br>End<br></p>2020-06-28T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#2ed2e328-76fa-47cf-96c1-0c869efb561b;L0|#02ed2e328-76fa-47cf-96c1-0c869efb561b|Disaster Risk Management;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#1d6bc111-7c93-4859-941b-87ac4854b7d8;L0|#01d6bc111-7c93-4859-941b-87ac4854b7d8|Storms;GP0|#42cf5cb3-ef0a-4d61-944a-b25d4dd9a1e6;L0|#042cf5cb3-ef0a-4d61-944a-b25d4dd9a1e6|operations center1

 

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