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Klipspruit River poses flood threat

Several shacks in Soweto have been hit by flash floods. Johannesburg Emergency Services have confirmed...

A father and his six-year-old daughter were rescued after their car was washed off a bridge near Cedar Road in Johannesburg when the Jukskei River flooded its banks on 29 January 2009. Picture: Nick Dollman/Netcare 911

Several shacks in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Soweto have been hit by flash floods. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Johannesburg Emergency Services have confirmed that the <placename w:st="on">Klipspruit<placetype w:st="on">River was swelling after days of rain across <state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gauteng leaving shack dwellers living on the river banks in danger.

Emergency service’s Percy Morokane said, “Some parts of <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Soweto were submerged in water. We were informed that several shacks were flooded.”

The persistent downpours have also left the province’s roads wet and dangerous.

However, Netcare 911’s Nick Dolman that many motorists have been driving more cautiously.

In the 24 hour period between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning the Netcare call centre has dispatched emergency vehicles to approximately 51 motor vehicle accidents in <state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gauteng. That number comprises of 41 collisions in the <city w:st="on">Johannesburg area and 10 in the <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Pretoria area.”