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.

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