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Heavy rain hits CT

Heavy rainfall and gale force winds are expected to lash Cape regions this weekend.

Heavy rains caused flooding in several Cape Town neighbourhoods. Picture: iWitness/@ek_capetown

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management services says despite heavy showers there have been no reports of relief needed in informal settlements.

Heavy rainfall and strong gale force winds are expected to lash the Cape metropolis, west coast and the Overberg regions this weekend.

The weather service says cold weather conditions will persist until next Tuesday.

City official Wilfred Solomons -Johannes said nobody has been affected thus far."

"Response teams are on high alert and have been deployed at various depots around the city to ensure those affected receive the necessary service."

WINTER PLAN UNVEILED

The City of Cape Town unveiled its winter plan aimed at mitigating the effects of the inclement weather on residents.

Details of the plan follows heavy rain which left more than 300 shacks waterlogged in Khayelitsha last weekend.

A total of 9 high risk areas have been prioritised, including informal settlements in Fisantekraal, Phillipi, Gugulethu and Strand.

The City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith said homes built on flood plains are a major concern for them, but he is confident that they are as prepared as can be.

"We also have early warning systems in place this year around our major rivers and around our major flooding areas to detect that flooding as early as possible."

Cape Town Disaster Risk Management has struck an agreement with the Swartland Municipality to institute an early warning system around the Diep River in the case of flooding.

A similar system has been set up for the Lourens River in Somerset West, which is prone to flooding.

According to the South African Weather Service, Cape Town will experience below average rainfall during early and mid-winter, but above average rainfall is expected between July and September.

The City has also appealed to residents to help keep storm water systems clear by not disposing waste into drains as it could result in flooding, but also lead to unnecessary health risks.

"We need the assistance and cooperation of the public - they will be the first ones to notice a developing problem, such as a blocked drain. If they raise the alarm early, it can mean the difference between wide-spread flooding and localised problems," said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Roads and Stormwater, Councillor Brett Herron.

Flooding, blocked drains and service disruptions can be reported to the City's Customer Contact Centre on 0860 103 089.