Cape Storm: Were You A Victim?
The Western Cape took Wednesday’s storm very seriously. Were you impacted by it? Here’s what to do next!
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June 7th, 2017 by Megan Ellis
The Western Cape took Wednesday’s storm very seriously.
The provincial government went so far as to close local schools because of the danger associated with the storm.
We took a look at why there was so much hype around the storm; what you can do if you were a victim of it and how you can protect yourself in future.
While some people joked about watching their pools fill and the storm being underwhelming, the City claimed it was nothing to scoff at.
The province’s government cabinet even held an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday to discuss the storm, a statement said.
Concerns were for the general well-being of the residents of Cape Town during the storm, as well as the displaced who were expected to be severely impacted. Large swells, gale force winds and pelting rain was expected to endanger the lives of Cape Town residents.
Not only were schools urged to close for the day, but employers were urged to allow their employees work from home.
You may think this was slight over-reaction to the season’s first storm, but Wednesday’s storm had been described as the worst in 30 years.
According to government, some of the expected results of the storm were:
Other risks include mudslides, informal settlement fires and widespread power outages.
Although the storm held a lot less power than expected, there was still widespread damage and losses throughout the City.
Reports came in throughout the day of uprooted trees, roof tiles being damaged and the roof at Cavendish Mall collapsing in. Flooding also impacted many informal settlements including Lavender Hill.
With the addition of the Spring Tide, many residents near the coastal regions experienced higher than usual sea levels.
If you were one of the unlucky victims of the storm, the good news is that your insurance will definitely pay out for any damages or losses experienced. Essentially, you can claim for damage or loss to property for any of the following:
If possible, you should rather stay at home and indoors during storms in Cape Town.
Any unnecessary travel should be avoided. Highways in the province, especially near Cape Town, are prone to flooding even during normal storms. 2016 saw many of the cities highways flooding, causing severe backups that lasted for hours.
If travel is unavoidable, these helpful hints could save your life during extreme weather conditions and storms:
But being at home doesn’t mean you don’t need to take precautions.
In terms of protecting your home, the City of Cape Town has a few tips:
You should also bring any objects that could be carried by the wind indoors. You don’t want you temporary gazebo flying into someone’s car.
Should you find yourself in an emergency, you can call 112 or 10177.
There are also emergency numbers available for specific districts. You can see them below:
Cape Winelands: Langeberg Municipality – 0860 88 1111
Eden District: 044 805 5071
Central Karoo: 023 414 2603
West Coast: 022 433 8700
Overberg: 028 271 8111
City of Cape Town: 107 landline or 021 480 7700
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