Flash flood warning issued

2011-03-14 12:01

Johannesburg - The Ekurhuleni municipality has issued a warning to residents of flash floods in the area in the wake of heavy rains on Sunday night.

Emergency services spokesperson Roggers Mamaila said continuing rains on Monday presented the possibility of flash floods.

The municipality called on residents and businesses in low-lying areas to guard against rapidly raising water, Mamaila said.

Phomolong in Thembisa, Highlands in KwaThema and Spruitview in Vosloorus were "notorious" for flooding, and the municipality's emergency personnel were monitoring these areas.

Mamaila asked that the community contact the emergency call centre as soon as the water level rose above ankle level inside the house or shelter - 011-458 0911 (paid number), 10177 (toll free) or 112 from a cell phone.

He urged drivers to exercise extreme caution in the wet weather and to beware of low level bridges.

Heavy rains to continue

Earlier, the SA Weather Service said heavy rains experienced on Sunday night and early Monday morning were set to continue on Tuesday in Gauteng and eastern parts of North West.

By mid-morning on Monday most of the day's rain had already fallen, with 52mm in Johannesburg, 28mm in Pretoria, 50mm in eastern parts of the North West and 45.4mm in Bela Bela, forecasts said.

The rain was likely to return on Tuesday, with 60% rain predicted in Gauteng.

Parts of the Free State, western KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho were expected to experience significant rain on Tuesday.

SMS warnings of possible flash floods had been issued in the eastern North West.

Drivers are urged to take precautions in the wet weather, with a number of accidents on Monday attributed to slippery conditions on the roads.

Reports of high waves reaching four to six metres are expected from the West Coast of the Northern Cape all the way to Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape.

The weather service stressed that these conditions are not linked to the tsunami originating from Japan's recent earthquake.
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  • Susannomore - 2011-03-14 13:43

    Municipality gives flash flood warnings. But (South African Weather Service) doesn't think it is a problem?!? They have sinmply stated that there are more rains due in Gauteng tomorrow, no warning for Gauteng

      Mikus - 2011-03-14 14:04

      They heard all about the Japanese Tsunami - you're not going to catch them out that easily!

      Susannomore - 2011-03-14 15:23

      LOL! Grear humour for a Monday!

      Ponkie - 2011-03-14 18:42

      Next "Ek-en-die-hoer-Lenie" municipality will pay a sangoma to curse the wicked flash floods and banish it to Japan.

  • Santapola - 2011-03-14 14:30

    This are the people who told us that we will have lots of floods till may...before today when did we last had rain? stop lying to us man

      charley - 2011-03-14 14:55

      Too true, and then they couldn't even forecast correctly Sundays' weather as they said there would be scattered showers, not thunderstorms as we had in the East Rand all Sunday Night till early Monday morning. What a bunch of morons.

  • nixcroft - 2011-03-14 14:52

    highland ? is low lying enough for flashfloods ? who thinks out these names ? FFS

  • Jakkals911 - 2011-03-14 15:13

    After last night's steady rain here in Kempton Park I emptied my rain guage - measuring 80mm - earlier today. Very welcome, just good soaking rain, and if we get more - well, I'll never cry at rain, considering S.A. is very much a dry country. Oh, before I forget - whether the weathermen say 30% rain, or 80% rain, and it dies NOT rain, they are still correct, considering that the 70% or 20% dry weather is part of a correct forecast, so whichever way you look at it, it is either wet or dry, not so???

  • pabnel.nel - 2011-03-14 19:00

    LOL, call us if the water is at ankle level.. WTF? Firstly - why are they staying there? The dont want to move to any other place yet they complain when there is water coming in. Where is the logic in this?

  • AZATAR - 2011-03-15 08:31

    the west coast never had that high waves before so it could be possible that it will be caused by the tsunami in japan. These people are so not accurate.

  • Melanie - 2011-03-16 13:33

    if you upgrade to R30 a month you will be able to get warnings from weathersa.... that is bull!!

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