Floods: Pretoria on high alert

2011-01-18 14:06

Pretoria - Authorities in Tshwane remain on high alert on Tuesday after reports of more heavy downpours which led to flooding in the Centurion area.

"We had a peaceful night. We are monitoring the water levels but so far there hasn't been any incident," said Tshwane community safety spokesperson William Baloyi.

The last reported drowning was that of firefighter Henry Knox, after his canoe capsized on the Hennops River on Monday.

The Freedom Front Plus said it was "tragic" that Knox died while on duty trying to save another person's life.

The organisation expressed its heartfelt sympathy for his family and colleagues.

On Monday four people were rescued in separate incidents when they were swept away in their vehicles as the Hennops River pushed through Centurion, Pretoria.

Emergency personnel moved through the smallholdings along the river bank to make sure everybody was accounted for, after they started receiving worried calls after midnight on Monday as the river roiled through the farming belt.

The Centurion Lake Hotel's basement and reception area were flooded. There were no injuries at the time and clean-up operations were continuing on Tuesday. Hotel general manager Robert Hodson said on Monday the hotel would be up and running on Thursday.

There were no cars in the basement parking at the time of the flooding because management pre-empted the floods and removed them on Friday.

Guests were moved to the nearby Protea Hotel in Centurion and hotels in Sandton, Johannesburg.

People concerned about rising waters where they live should contact 10177 for assistance.

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  • jkoorts - 2011-01-18 15:30

    And where is the AWB while this is going off?

      kiewiet - 2011-01-18 15:56

      "... while this is going off?" what is going off? the emergency services? the floods? the alarm? and what has the AWB got to do with this???

      Mag35215 - 2011-01-18 15:58

      Why politicize everything

      Jan - 2011-01-18 16:13


      Johan0x4A - 2011-01-18 16:42

      I don't know about the AWB, but why is the Freedom Front Pus mentioned in this article?

      Abri - 2011-01-18 17:07

      What's wrong with you? Lifes were lost, families were affected. In fact, you should get lost.

      maseratifitt - 2011-01-18 17:44

      I think he means the African Water Brigade.

  • Hermann - 2011-01-18 15:44

    Now is the right time for the ANC to push through that name change for Pretoria.Maybe this heavy rains and floods were the signs they were waiting for. I suggest they name it after that boerseun freedom fighter : Arnoldus Tswanepool.

      Hermann - 2011-01-18 17:45

      I retract my comments and apologies if they offended anybody. Maybe it was not the right timing seeing that people lost their lives and possessions.The intention was not to be "callous ".SORRY>

  • maseratifitt - 2011-01-18 17:56

    "... the hotel would be up and running on Thursday". You cannot run away from a flood. Stand and fight like a good hotel should.

  • emile.marais - 2011-01-18 18:42

    A bunch of Neo-Nazi's? Not sure, probally having Rooibos and Ouma rusk with the PAC somewhere.

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