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CT’s maintenance projects to ease potential winter flooding underway

Officials say more frequent inspections will be carried out in informal settlement as winter approaches.

FILE: A woman cross a flooded road on a makeshift bridge in Sweet Home Farm, an informal settlement in Philippi, Cape Town, after some heavy rains in the week. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says it's undertaken major maintenance projects to mitigate potential flooding associated with the winter rainfall season.

By the end of this month, the municipality would have spent more than 90 percent of its budget intended for the maintenance and cleaning of storm water infrastructure.

Officials say more frequent inspections will be carried out in informal settlement as winter approaches.

Transport Mayco Member Brett Herron says the biggest challenge remains illegal dumping of waste and littering within the water resources.

"This is a mammoth task and includes 7,500 kilometres of pipes and underground conduits across the city; and 1,200 kilometres of rivers, canals and open channels which are cleaned twice a year in areas where dumping and littering is endemic."