Flood warnings: Disaster teams on standby

2012-08-06 22:54
Heavy rain in KwaZulu-Natal (News24 User)

Heavy rain in KwaZulu-Natal (News24 User)

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Johannesburg - KwaZulu-Natal disaster management teams have been placed on standby, while the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality in the Eastern Cape also says it is ready to deal with anticipated heavy rain, after the SA weather service said on Monday that bitterly cold and wet conditions were expected over large parts of the country this week.

Weather SA said that southern KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape had a high probability of rainfall, and cautioned that the country should prepare for at least one more cold snap before saying goodbye to winter.

Gale force winds and roughs seas were also expected in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape.

In KwaZulu-Natal, Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube said in a statement that teams had been dispatched across most parts of the province to respond swiftly in case of disasters, with the inclement weather expected to last the entire week.

"The weather warning also includes the possibility of snow falls which may lead to roads becoming impassable.

"Therefore our disaster teams are on standby, working with the police, to try and provide a rapid rescue service in case of need," Dube said.

Nelson Mandela Bay municipality spokesperson Kupido Baron said the Third Avenue dip in Newton Park as well as other low level bridges would be closed on Tuesday.

Motorists were requested to be careful as wet road surfaces could be treacherous.

Meanwhile, Weather SA also said that snow was predicted over parts of these provinces as well as southern Free State.

The rest of the Free State had a small chance of light snowfall.

Isolated rain and thundershowers were possible over the Free State, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

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