South Africa

City on standby for Friday's predicted Cape floods

City on standby for Friday's predicted Cape floods

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town on Friday said it was on standby following a warning of heavy rain issued by the South African Weather Service.

According to SA Weather Service, heavy rain leading to localised flooding was expected from Friday evening into Saturday morning. They also said strong westerly to north-westerly winds (40-60 km/h) can be expected from the morning onwards over the entire Western Cape ahead of the arrival of the cold front.

"Residents are requested to contact the public emergency communication centre in cases of emergencies," the City said in a statement.

The City further requested that residents please survey their properties and ensure that all gutters and stormwater channels were clear, and to dig trenches around their property if the circumstances required it.

Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC, Anton Bredell said all municipalities in the province have already been alerted to the incoming cold and wet weather. 

In addition Disaster Management and fire and rescue services have also been alerted and will be on standby to assist communities negatively affected by the storm.