JRA to monitor areas prone to flooding

JRA says it will station staff to monitor possible flood sites throughout the city.

FILE: Coleraine Drive in Bryanston collapsed due to heavy rains on 11 March 2014. Picture: Aki Anastasiou/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - With the rain expected to continue well into the weekend, the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) says it will station staff to monitor possible flood sites in the city.

The team will be based in hotspots such as Soweto, Doornkop, Orange Farm and Diepsloot.

Earlier this year severe flooding cost R60 million in road and other infrastructure repair.

The JRA's Bertha Peters-Scheepers says plans are in place to deal with possible flooding.

"This has three elements, namely, proactive maintenance that occurs before the rain, maintenance activity during the rain and maintenance at hotspots areas on the day of flooding."

Peters-Scheepers says JRA has developed plans to address the high risk areas and it is 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.