Action plan implemented to deal with potential floods

The JRA has identified the suburbs of Soweto, Doornkop, Orange Farm and Diepsloot as flooding hotspots.

FILE: In March this year, heavy rain caused chaos on provincial roads. Picture: iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - With more rain expected, the Johannesburg Roads Agency has implemented an action plan to deal with potential floods which usually affects mobility within the city and in informal settlements.

Earlier this year, R60 million was spent on repairing damaged roads and infrastructure across the city as a result of severe flooding.

The agency has identified the suburbs of Soweto, Doornkop, Orange Farm and Diepsloot as flooding hotspots.

The agency's Bertha Peters-Scheepers said, "We've developed plans to address the high risk areas and we're monitoring low lying level bridges."

In March, heavy rain caused chaos on provincial roads and resulted in Eskom announcing a power emergency after coal stocks were soaked.

Forecasters said more rain fell in one week than the annual average for the entire month of March.