Flood alerts issued in Tshwane

2011-01-26 09:19

Residents in the Tshwane metro area were today urged to avoid low-lying areas and rivers, and to drive cautiously.

Tshwane emergency services spokesperson Johan Pieterse said his department was on high alert.

“With the heavy rains in the city, we are expecting problems. People must take the necessary precautions and prepare for lots of rain. I hope they are prepared,” he said.

The South African Weather Service earlier today issued a warning for possible flash-flooding.

The city was forecast to have 10mm of rain today.

However, between 6am and 9am, the service reported that 8.8mm had already fallen in Pretoria East.

Rain figures for the rest of the Tshwane metro area were not available.

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