Vaal river expected to overflow

2014-03-11 14:40

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Residents of Ngwathe in the Free State have been urged to take precautionary measures as the Vaal River could overflow.

Ngwathe municipality spokesperson Steve Nale told the SABC today that an overflow was anticipated as dams were releasing more water into the river.

This was due to heavy rain and flooding in the area.

People in the area were urged to avoid swimming across the river.

Nale said residents should contact the municipality’s fire and rescue department in cases of emergency.

Meanwhile, a low-water bridge was washed away by floodwater in Mabopane, north of Pretoria, Tshwane emergency services said today.

Spokesperson Johan Pieterse said a taxi carrying 13 passengers tried to cross the bridge yesterday.

“None of the passengers were injured and the taxi was recovered,” he said.

The SA Weather Service said today the possibility of localised flooding in the eastern parts of the country remained due to the high saturation caused by the rainfall.

The areas included Gauteng, the Free State and North West, forecaster Elizabeth Webster said.

An 80% chance of showers was expected in these regions today.

Rainfall patterns would shift to the northeastern parts of the country, including Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, tomorrow.

The rainy weather conditions were expected to clear up in the northeastern regions by Friday.

No new flood-related incidents were reported in Johannesburg overnight, said the Johannesburg emergency services.

“We will continue to monitor the area,” said spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi.

It was common practice to mobilise SA National Defence Force officials for assistance in rainy weather conditions, said SANDF spokesperson Brigadier-General Xonani Mabanga.

“[However] There has been no request from any department for such assistance as yet,” Mabanga said.

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