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JRA ready to deal with heavy summer rains

Johanneburg city officials have admitted that stormwater drains need to be cleared more frequently to avoid flooding.

Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG – The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) says while it has a master plan to avoid flooding that will only roll out in the next few years, it is ready for heavy rains this summer.

The agency says it has made contingency plans, particularly for areas that are at high risk for flooding.

City officials have admitted that stormwater drains need to be cleared more frequently to avoid flooding.

The JRA’s Berther Peters-Schepers says that while flooding cannot be avoided in the city due to infrastructure issues, officials have been monitoring high-risk areas such as low-lying bridges.

She says that city infrastructure is built to take only a certain amount of rain.

“Most of our infrastructure is built to manage rainstorms of about five to 10 years and sometimes, just like last year, we experienced very heavy downfall and obviously the infrastructure just can’t deal with the sheer volume of the water.”

Peters-Schepers has appealed to motorists to avoid using low-lying bridges, which have been closed off with traffic signs.

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