More rain expected for Gauteng
Heavy rain is wreaking havoc on roads, flooding areas and adding to pothole problems.
JOHANNESBURG – As motorists contend with wet roads and decreased visibility for a third day in a row, Metro police have urged people to drive carefully and avoid flooded roads.
Emergency Services (EMS) have also warned of the risk of flooding in low-lying areas until Friday, especially in the north of Gauteng.
EMS’s Nana Radebe says officials are monitoring the situation, but no major flooding has been reported at this stage.
“People must be careful. Those that live in low-lying areas must contact us should rivers reach their peak. But we have firefighters on standby.”
The wet weather is also exacerbating the pothole problem on the province’s roads.
Motorists say several large potholes have developed over the last few days on roads in Springs, Pretoria and various areas in Johannesburg.
South African Weather Service forecaster Jan Vermeulen says the rain isn’t going to end soon.
“Over the past two days we’ve measured 112 millimetres in Pretoria and we expected a further circulation to continue over Thursday.”
Johannesburg’s Metro Police Superintendent Wayne Minnaar has warned motorists to drive carefully and avoid flooded roads.
“A lot of rain has fallen in the Johannesburg area in the past few hours and the roads are wet. So far New Canada Road in Soweto, Commando Road in Industria West and Darling Street in Westbury are flooded. Motorists are advised to drive with extra caution.”
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)