Water levels down

2010-01-29 08:47

WATER levels seemed to be subsiding on Thursday after incessant

rains this week caused death and damage countrywide, officials have said.

The Vaal dam was 105% full and sluice gates were opened, prompting

flood warnings from police and emergency officials.

Lekwa Municipality spokesperson Sipho Mkwanazi said one family in

Meyerville in Mpumalanga had to be evacuated after their house was flooded, but

that the situation was now under control.

“There are areas still in danger because of output from the dam,”

said Mkwanazi, whose municipality serves the Grootdraai dam, 12km outside the

Mpumalanga town of Standerton.

The Vaal river flows through this district.

“We have cautioned families near the river that we might have to

evacuate them later ... but the situation seems to be under control at the


“The water levels are subsiding,” said Mkwanazi.

He urged the public not to remove red tape that was put up around

high-risk flood areas such as Rooikoppen and River Park.

Elsewhere in Mpumalanga, the SABC reported that a bridge on the N17

between Bethal and Ermelo had been damaged due to the heavy rains. Motorists

were warned not to use the bridge.

In Taung in North West, the municipality said some areas were

declared disaster zones after one person drowned and about 150 households were

left destitute after flooding.

Police spokesperson Captain Aafje Botma said the situation had

improved by Thursday.

“No new flooding incidents have been reported,” she said.

Five people, including a baby boy, died in flooding incidents

countrywide this week.

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