ALERT: Flash floods, sinkholes reported as more heavy rain headed for Joburg

Cape Town - Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Monday afternoon, 30 January, issued an alert for travellers after heavy rain has wreaked havoc across the city. A number of bridges and storm water drains have been reported to have sustained damage and sink holes have occurred in high traffic areas.  

“Areas reported to have recurring blockages are considered as flooding hotspots, JRA officials are monitoring low level bridges prone to overtopping during a heavy downpour.

"Maintenance teams have also been deployed to areas where sinkholes have been reported, to close the road or secure the area to ensure safe passage of motorists," JRA syas. 

According to the South African Weather Service, more rain and chances of localised flooding in places in the Western Bushveld of Limpopo, Bojanala district of the North West province and the West Rand District of Gauteng are expected on Monday night and Tuesday morning, 31 January too. 

Flooding and sinkhole hotspots to look out for

Sinkhole in Houghton Drive, Houghton between Joe Slovo and Louis Botha Avenue: Region E Maintenance team have secured the area but have closed this road until repairs are undertaken. The public will be notified once the road is reopened.  An investigation is underway to the establish the cause, however, preliminary inspections suggest the cause may be a result of a burst stormwater pipe which may have caused severe erosion or undercutting of the road base. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes such as Joe Slovo, Carse o Gowrie Road or the M1 South to enter the city. 
Sinkhole reported on Muller Street South in Buccleuch, at the corner of  Blenheim and Argyle Street in Kensington 
Sinkhole reported in Thembelihle Township next to Lenasia X9
Inner City Flooding:  Siemmert Road Bridge,  Bree and Von Willigh streets, Wolmarans and Klein as well as Cumberland Road Bridge leading towards Kensington and Double Decker Bridge
In Cosmo City, South Africa Drive is flooded close to the Spar
Uys Krige Street Bend in Florida X11 has been flooded  
In Ward 46: Vundla Drive Culvert Bridge, stormwater culvert in Molapo and S Outlet along Koma in Jabulani Township have been flooded
Corner Malibongwe Drive and Wikoppen, Malibongwe and Riverbend have been flooded next to Engen Garage

Motorists are urged to obey road signs, traffic signals and especially road closures due to flooded bridges or unsafe driving conditions which are unsafe to traverse. In the event of a flash flood, or where residents are at risk, it is advisable to immediately evacuate the area and seek a place of safety. 

Residents and road users are encouraged to report all road and storm-related emergencies to 0860 562 874, or via email or Twitter

What are flash floods?

Flash floods occur within few minutes or hours of excessive rainfall. This may be caused by a blocked stormwater drain or a dam failure or a severe and heavy rainstorm. 

Nearly half of all flash flood deaths are auto related, so never drive or let anyone drive through flood waters. Roads could be washed out under the strong currents. And if your car stalls in just two feet of moving water, the water will have enough force to lift up your car and carry it away. 

If a flash flood warning has been issued for your area, act immediately. You may only have seconds before flood waters appear. 

Motorist Safety

NEVER drive into water covering the road. You do not know how deep it is or if the road is washed away. 

Turn around and go the other way! 

Look out for flooding at highway dips, bridges and low areas. 

If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. 

Be cautious, especially at night when visibility is impaired. 

Do not park your vehicle along streams, particularly during threatening conditions.  

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