JRA: Frequent storm water drain cleaning will reduce flood risk

The Johannesburg Roads Agency Sean Philips says people block the drains with rubbish.

FILE: The R55 between Kyalami and Waterfall blocked with debris from flooding. Picture: Twitter/@Intanzi to @EWNTraffic

JOHANNESBURG – The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has admitted that storm water drains need to be cleaned more frequently to reduce the risk of floods in the city.

On Monday, several low-lying bridges in the city, including the bridge on Witkoppen Road, flooded due to the heavy rain.

Several potholes also resurfaced.

JRA’s Sean Philips says people block the drains with rubbish.

“There are occasions when some people tend to use the storm water drain as [an] alternative place to litter, even things such mattresses and we find all kinds of things in our storm water drains.

“Things that people don’t want, they through into the storm water drains and this causes a lot of trouble for us.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)