No deluge of homes in floods

Some Cape Town shack dwellers believed they would jump to the top of housing waiting lists if they built homes in flood-prone areas, the city said yesterday.

Some Cape Town shack dwellers believed they would jump to the top of housing waiting lists if they built homes in flood-prone areas, the city said yesterday.

This was a "misconception", it said in a statement outlining its preparations for the winter rains. It said various city departments were coordinating plans to manage flooding and storm damage in the coming months.

According to the SA Weather Service, mid-July to August could see higher than normal rainfall. "This will probably result in extreme weather conditions with possible local flooding," the city said.

A storm water system cleaning programme to reduce the risk has begun. - Sapa

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