Warning: Heavy rains, hail and possible flooding for JHB

2017-10-09 15:59
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Johannesburg – Residents of Johannesburg have been warned to brace themselves for heavy rainfall and hail that could lead to flooding throughout Monday afternoon and overnight.

City Of Johannesburg’s Emergency Management spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi urged motorists to avoid crossing flooded low lying bridges and roads.

Mulaudzi said young children should stay away from drainage systems, river streams and dams to avoid drowning incidents.

“Residents of low-lying areas are encouraged to continue to monitor water levels and move to high ground when the levels rise,” said Mulaudzi.  

Mulaudzi also pleaded with drivers to reduce their speed, to drive with extra caution and to keep a safe following distance on slippery roads.

He said residents must remain alert as there might be localised flooding.

“We have not yet received word of any serious incidents relating to wet weather conditions. We encourage our residents to continue to be cautious so that we can prevent any incidents during these wet weather conditions.”

All 28 fire stations throughout the city, as well as rescuers and disaster management officials would remain on high alert throughout the day and overnight.

Officials will monitor all low lying areas, especially informal settlements.

Residents who want to report life-threatening emergencies can call 10177/ 112 or 011 375 5911. 

Mulaudzi advised residents to listen to the radio, watch television and read newspapers and to follow @CityofjoburgZA and @CityofjoburgEMS on Twitter for the latest updates regarding Johannesburg weather.

 

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