Joburg prepares for possible flooding

2011-01-14 11:37

Johannesburg, the country’s economic hub, was preparing for possible flooding today, the city’s emergency services said.

“The weather service has issued a prediction alert of between 60% and 80% chance of rainfall in the Highveld for today. That includes Johannesburg,” said spokesman Percy Morokane.

The city had set up a joint operations centre and a flood management task team to reduce the risk of any major flood disaster.

Awareness programmes had been set up throughout the city, particularly in flood-prone areas.

These included Klipspruit, Eldorado South, Dube, Mofolo, Meadowlands, Braamfischerville, Orange Farm, Lenasia South, Florida Lake, Rivonia and Witkoppen Roads in Sunninghill, Stjwetla informal settlement along the Jukskei River, London Road in Alexandra and the Kaalrivier in Ivory Park.

Ahead of the heavy downpour, the Tshwane municipality issued some flooding tips:

» Do not to walk, swim or drive through flooded areas, and avoid low bridges;

» If a car stalls in a flooded area, do not stay in it;

» Fill all ditches with mud, grass or gravel;

» Make sure your house entrance is higher than the surrounding ground;

» Store food and valuables on a higher level, such as shelves, tables and chairs;

» Fill containers with clean water in case regular supplies are contaminated;

» Prepare an emergency kit with essential belongings in the event of an evacuation;

» Remain in contact with neighbours, and take turns to monitor the water level; and

» Keep the radio on and listen to warnings.

Residents should also keep the following emergency numbers safe:

» Tshwane Emergency Services 012-358-6300/6400;

» 24-hour call centre 012-358-2111 (emergency 10177);

» Metro police 012-358-7095/6; and

» SAPS 10111.

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