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On Friday, 16 April 2021, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport Felicity Purchase was in Delft to oversee one of the roads and infrastructure teams clean gullies in flood prone areas within Delft. These efforts form part of the overall Winter preparedness Programme which the City’s Transport Directorate is currently rolling out across the city.

‘The focus this year is clearing out the stormwater systems, which includes the cleaning of gullies; catch pits; pipes and ponds, especially in flood prone areas. Our Roads and Infrastructure depots across the city are also in the process of increasing their capacity by engaging additional labour in the form of EPWP workers to assist in reaching as many of these areas ahead of the heavy rains,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Alderman Felicity Purchase.

The Roads and Infrastructure teams use a combination of hand cleaning and mechanical cleaning and are targeting the worst affected areas where there is extensive illegal dumping and blocking of drains occurring, first.

‘We urge that residents keep the drains and channels in front of their homes clear where possible, especially in sandy and leafy areas. Just doing this will greatly assist our teams on the ground. The public should continue to report cases of blocked drains by calling the 24-hour call centre and very importantly report any illegal dumping they may witness,’ says Alderman Purchase.

The City encourages residents to please continue reporting these via the following channels:

Residents are reminded to include their name, contact number and the exact location, area and street name, as well as to reference a landmark if possible. These details help us deliver services efficiently, and promptly.