More rain expected, possible flooding

2011-01-18 11:06
Johannesburg - Rainfall is expected for the rest of the week in the northern provinces and central interior of the country, but it is difficult to predict flooding, the SA Weather Service said on Tuesday.

"All the northern provinces such as Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Free State and Gauteng can expect good rainfall," forecaster Puseletso Mofokeng told Sapa.

"It was difficult to say whether there would be flooding. We will have to look at it on a day-to-day basis. However, we can't rule out the possibility of flooding," he said.

It was difficult to isolate areas that would have heavy rainfall that could cause floods.

Evacuations


Forty-three families had been evacuated from Ivory Park, north of Johannesburg since Monday as floods swept through the area, emergency services said.

"Emergency services are still at the scene and the operation centre is still operational in Ivory Park," spokesperson Percy Morokane told Sapa on Tuesday.

"We are dealing with a situation where people are still displaced. Those people will be provided with relief material until they find their feet."

Emergency services would continue to monitor areas identified as flooding "hot spots".

Emergency calls started coming through after midnight on Monday from the Thembakazi informal settlement. People were evacuated from that settlement, as well as from Rabie Ridge and Ebony Park.

Rescues


On Monday four people were rescued in separate incidents when they were swept away in their vehicles as the Hennops River pushed through Centurion, Pretoria.

At the same time, emergency personnel were moving through the smallholdings along the river bank to make sure everybody was accounted for, since they first started receiving worried calls after midnight as the river roiled through the farming belt.

They were told of a number of people who were unaccounted for, but were hoping they had simply stayed away from home for the night.

The rescues were all in the Centurion area.

People concerned about rising waters where they live should contact 10177 for assistance.

- Are you affected? Send us your eyewitness accounts and pictures

Read more on:    sa weather service  |  johannesburg  |  floods  |  weather

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
 

US biker deaths down: What's the secret?

Motorcycle deaths are on track to decline for a second year in the US thanks to a so far - on bikes - little-used road safety accessory.

 

Stay safe

US biker deaths down: What's the secret?
Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is crucial to look twice before signing anything important right now. While Mercury is in retrograde strange things can happen,...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.