South Africa 19.9.2013 05:05 pm

CTown warned of possible floods

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Cape Town residents in low-lying areas were warned against possible flooding because of persistent heavy rains on Thursday.

“A flood alert has been issued for areas in the Cape Metropolitan as dams, canals and reservoirs are filled to capacity as a result of persistent heavy rains,” said city spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes.

He said the greater part of the Cape Flats in the low-lying and flood-plain areas was already saturated because of heavy rainfall last month.

The city advised residents near the Eerste River system, the Lourens River at Somerset West, Cape Flats informal settlements and Diep River to be on the alert.

Farmers in these areas were urged to take the necessary action to protect their crops and livestock, said Solomons-Johannes

The city advised residents to check their drainage systems and to ensure no rainwater was entering their sewers.

“The city deployed its disaster response teams and engineering crews to assess the levels of the water across Cape Town to ensure the necessary action can be taken to safeguard lives and properties,” said Solomons-Johannes.

Members of the public would be frequently updated of any developments through the media, he said.

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