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Safety Checks for Cliff-side Buildings and Buildings with Retaining Walls, Basements or Semi-Basements
Typhoons and torrential rains can cause major damage to cliffs and other locations. If you live in housing near a cliff or that has a retaining wall, basement or semi-basement, you should conduct inspections on a regular basis and prepare countermeasures in case of a disaster.
Shinjuku City offers subsidies to owners of retaining walls, etc. to cover the cost of renovation and construction.
Please call for more information.
|Inquiries||Structure and Fixtures Section, Construction Guidance Division (Main Bldg. 8F)
Tel: 03-5273-3745, Fax: 03-3209-9227 (in Japanese)
Avoid the basement and take refuge in a safer place, because:
- In the basement, you will not be able to see conditions outside
- If the area is flooded, the electricity will short out
- If the pressure of water flooding in is high enough, you may not be able to open the door
- When the ground level is flooded, waters will come pouring in all at once
Inspect the cliffs and walls around your home
- Is water leaking from the retaining wall or over the top of the retaining wall?
- Are the tree roots or vines affecting the structural integrity of the retaining wall?
- Are parts of the retaining wall bulging out?
- Are there cracks in the retaining wall or along the seams of block walls?
- Is there a drain hole (drain pipe)?
- Is the ground sinking?