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City teams working flat out on storm response<p>​Over 200mm of rain had already been recorded in Cape Town by Tuesday morning, 9 July 2024, since the storm began over the weekend, with 40 – 60mm daily forecast by the Weather Services going into Thursday.<br></p><div>‘Our frontline teams are out there serving Capetonians with great dedication and pride in these difficult storm conditions. I was grateful for the opportunity to spend time with teams in Khayelitsha and Dunoon who are working to alleviate flooding, and clear blocked stormwater pipe and drain infrastructure where it is possible to do so. </div><div> </div><div>‘We have proactively jetted over 220km of sewer infrastructure, and cleared stormwater and canal infrastructure as part of our preparedness efforts in the months leading to winter, and now the work is about responding directly to storm-related incidents. </div><div> </div><div>‘Much more rain is expected this week still, with the Weather Service upgrading their warning to Level 8 for Thursday. The Liesbeek, Lotus and Eerste Rivers have all begun to burst their banks, and residents should please not attempt to cross canals or fast-flowing water. Report emergencies to 021 480 7700.</div><div> </div><div>‘I would like to make a special call to Capetonians to come forward with donations for the less fortunate impacted by the storm. Various drop-off points have been availed by the City and our disaster officials are working with NGOs to distribute items like non-perishable foodstuff, personal hygiene, nappies, baby formula, blankets and construction materials such as wood and corrugated sheeting. </div><div> </div><div>‘The City thanks the Gift of the Givers and all other relief agencies working to provide relief for the vulnerable most impacted by the storm,’ said Mayor Hill-Lewis.</div><div> </div><div><strong>Storm-related Donation Drop-off points:</strong></div><div> <br></div><div><ul><li>Goodwood Fire Station<br><br></li><li>Lakeside Fire Station<br><br></li><li>Ottery Fire Station<br><br></li><li>Roeland Street Fire Station<br><br></li><li>Sir Lowry’s Pass Fire Station<br><br></li><li>Strand Fire Station</li></ul></div><div> </div><div>Or call the Disaster Risk Management Centre donations line directly on 021 597 5042 (08:00 – 18:00). Email: disaster.donations@capetown.gov.za</div><div> </div><div>The City has issued over 4 500 flood kits to vulnerable residents in the informal settlements severely affected by the inclement weather and this number is set to rise. Assessments continue in low-lying areas, including the recording of personal details for those urgently requiring assistance from SASSA and the National Human Settlements Department. </div><div> </div><div>Officials are also working tirelessly to assist residents with soft relief in partnership with NGOs and relief agencies, milling material and relocations where it has been feasible to do so.</div><div> </div><div>‘The City will be working nonstop this week so that we can help as many residents and as quickly as possible. The worst affected areas are Khayelitsha, Lwadle in Strand, Nomzamo, Gugulethu, Masiphumelele, Macassar, Sir Lowry’s Pass, Mfuleni, Tafelisig and Vygieskraal.</div><div> </div><div>‘We have provided the national government with all the verified data of those affected thus far for their urgent assistance and we are calling for swifter, urgent action in this regard. </div><div> </div><div>‘It is time to devolve emergency housing grants to municipalities that work, as Cape Town was generally able to respond within 24 hours to instances of emergency housing requirements when we were directly able to manage these grants previously,’ said Councillor Carl Pophaim, Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements.</div><div> </div><div><strong>Notable incidents on roadways as at 15:00 on Tuesday 9 July include:<br><br><ul><li>Clarence Drive in Gordon’s Bay is closed<br><br></li><li>The N2 outbound after Robert Sobukwe and the ramp to Borchards Quarry are affected<br><br></li><li>On the M3 inbound, the left lane is closed after Woolsack Drive<br><br></li><li>The right lane is obstructed on the N1 incoming before Koeberg Road</li></ul></strong></div><div> <br></div><div>The City urges road users to proceed with extreme caution, drive with your headlights on, and maintain sufficient following distances, in the event that you need to brake suddenly. Avoid all unnecessary travel and stay indoors or work from home as far as possible. Report obstructions to roads to the Emergency Call Centre.</div><div> <br></div><div><strong>City attending to high volumes of electricity faults</strong></div><div> </div><div>‘The City’s Electricity teams are attending to a number of storm-related faults around the city and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. The strong winds and heavy rain showers may continue to lead to damaged electricity infrastructure today, which may result in a large number of electricity service requests. The City reminds residents that our teams will attend to service requests in the fastest time possible, if safe to proceed. </div><div> </div><div>‘A new WhatsApp number is available to log electricity service requests and storm damage. We ask residents to report their electricity faults to the City via our service channels to only use one reporting channel when reporting so that duplicate service requests are avoided as far as possible,’ said the Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Alderman Xanthea Limberg.</div><div> </div><div><strong>The impacted areas include: <br><br></strong></div><div><ul><li>Wynberg</li><li>Claremont</li><li>Kenilworth</li><li>Rosebank</li><li>Bishopscourt</li><li>Heideveld</li><li>Grassy Park<br></li><li>Plumstead</li><li>Lakeside</li><li>Hout Bay</li><li>Brooklyn</li><li>Bergvliet</li><li>Meadowridge</li><li>Constantia</li></ul></div><div> </div><div><strong>Please note: The City’s area outages list is being updated as information is received from the Electricity teams. If an area is not included, it does not mean teams are not aware of the matter. </strong></div><div> </div><div><strong>Electricity services and damage: (please only log on one channel):</strong></div><div><strong>WhatsApp: 060 018 1505</strong></div><div><strong>Call Centre: 0860 103 089</strong></div><div><strong>SMS: 31220 (Free SMS service doesn't apply)</strong></div><div><strong>Email: power@capetown.gov.za</strong></div><div><strong>eServices: www.capetown.gov.za/servicerequests</strong><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br><br></div>2024-07-08T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d10

 

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