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After the devastating summer fires on implemented precautionary measures South African National Parks.

various parts of Table Mountain, the City has also to address possible mudslides, in partnership with

E x p e r t s h a v e e x a m i n e d a n d e v a l u a t e d t h e h i g h r i s k s l o p e s a n d h a v e p r o p o s e d v a r i o u s m e a s u r e s , s u c h a s s p e c i a l r o c k f i l l e d g a b i o n w e i r s a n d s i l t c u r t a i n s i n c e r t a i n a r e a s t o i n t e r c e p t d e b r i s a n d m i n i m i s e r u n - o f f d o w n t h e s l o p e s .

“Despite the City’s preparedness, we would like to point out that flooding and mudslides may still occur due to the variable climatic conditions,” he says.

Due to the very nature of flooding, it cannot be completely prevented as rainfall often exceeds the design capacity of the stormwater system. To report flooding or blocked drains please phone the all hours Roads and Stormwater number at 086-010-3054. In the event of a life- or property-threatening emergency, contact 107 from a Telkom phone or 021 480 7700 from a cellphone.

Which are the high risk flood areas in the Cape metropole?

The severity and spread of the winter storms will ultimately determine which areas are most at risk. The following areas are most likely to experience flooding: • Informal settlements on the Cape Flats • Areas within or adjacent to stormwater ponds • Areas adjacent to rivers, canals and wetlands • Areas below mountain slopes denuded by fires • Trapped low-lying areas without adequate overland water flow routes

Based on past experience, the City estimates that some 5 000 informal dwellings could be affected should Cape Town experience average winter conditions during 2006. This number could rise in the event of high intensity storms. What is the City doing to minimise flood risk?

FIRE AFFECTED MOUNTAIN AREAS

E n s u r i n g t h a t t h e C i t y s s t o r m w a t e r d r a i n a g e c l o s e t o b u r n t o u t a r e a s a r e c l e a n e d a n d k e p t c l e a n . T h i s i n c l u d e s s t r e a m i n t a k e s , g u l l i e s , c a t c h p i t s , o p e n d i t c h e s a n d p i p i n g . A f i r s t r o u n d o f c l e a n i n g o f a l l t h e a f f e c t e d a r e a s h a s a l r e a d y b e e n c o m p l e t e d a n d a s e c o n d r o u n d i s u n d e r w a y . F u r t h e r , a f t e r e a c h r a i n s t o r m i n s p e c t i o n s a r e d o n e a n d b l o c k e d a n d e v e n p a r t i a l l y b l o c k e d f a c i l i t i e s a r e c l e a r e d . T h e R o a d s a n d S t o r m w a t e r d e p o t s a n d t h r e e c l e a n i n g c o n t r a c t o r s a r e o n 2 4 h o u r a l e r t t o r e a c t i m m e d i a t e l y t o f l o o d i n g a n d m u d s l i d e s . T h e T a b l e M o u n t a i n N a t i o n a l P a r k w i l l a l s o s u p p l y e m e r g e n c y c r e w s o n c e a l e r t e d .

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